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3-D mapping babies’ brains

Washington University, St. Louis
Friday, March 9, 2018

Examining brain folds — as unique to an individual as fingerprints — could hold key to new diagnostic tools


Birth of New Neurons in the Human Hippocampus Ends in Childhood

University of California, San Francisco
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Adult 'neurogenesis,' observed in other species, appears not to occur in humans


Penn Study Shows that the “Epigenetic Landscape” is Protective in Normal Aging, Impaired in Alzheimer’s Disease

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Monday, March 5, 2018

A team of researchers profiled the epigenomic landscape of AD brains, specifically in one of the regions affected early in AD, the lateral temporal lobe. They described the genome-wide enrichment of a chemical modification of histone proteins that regulates the compaction of chromosomes in the nucleus (called acetylation of lysine 16 on histone H4, or H4K16ac for short).


Immune Response May Contribute to Pediatric Epilepsy

Northwestern Medicine
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Irregular concentrations of T-cells in the brain contribute to the development of seizures in pediatric epilepsy, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.


Mental rehearsal prepares our minds for real-world action, Stanford researchers find

Stanford University
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Mentally running through a routine improves performance, but how that works isn’t clear. Now, a new tool – brain-machine interface – suggests the answer lies in how our brains prepare for action.


Lysosomes and mitochondria chat each other up in cell

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered that two key cellular structures, called mitochondria and lysosomes, come into direct contact with each other in the cell to regulate their respective functions. This rare discovery has implications for the research of many diseases, including Parkinson's and cancer, as well as for the understanding of normal aging.


Researchers Devise Decoy Molecule to Block Pain Where It Starts

University of Texas at Dallas
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Research performed at the University of Texas at Dallas uncovered a new method of reducing pain-associated behaviors with RNA-based medicine, creating a new class of decoy molecules that prevent the onset of pain.


Memory loss from West Nile virus may be preventable

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Thursday, January 11, 2018

A new study in mice suggests that the lasting neurological problems that can result from West Nile virus may be due to unresolved inflammation that hinders the brain’s ability to repair damaged neurons and grow new ones. When the inflammation was reduced by treatment with an arthritis drug, the animals’ ability to learn and remember remained sharp after West Nile disease. 


Discovery deepens understanding of brain’s sensory circuitry

Brown University
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

An exploration of the deepest and most mysterious layer of the cortex in mice has revealed new circuits that may be central to how two key regions of the brain communicate about sensation.


Electrical Stimulation in Brain Bypasses Senses, Instructs Movement

University of Rochester Medical Center
Friday, December 8, 2017

A new study authored by Marc Schieber, M.D., Ph.D., and Kevin Mazurek, Ph.D. with the University of Rochester Medical Center Department of Neurology and the  Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience, which appears today in the journal Neuron, shows that very low levels of electrical stimulation delivered directly to an area of the brain responsible for motor function can instruct an appropriate response or action, essentially replacing the signals we would normally receive from the parts of the brain that process what we hear, see, and feel.   

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