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Partnership for a Health Brain

The Salk Institute
Friday, September 15, 2017

Salk Institute scientists have discovered that an interaction between two key proteins helps regulate and maintain the cells that produce neurons. The work, published in Cell Stem Cell on September 14, 2017, offers insight into why an imbalance between these precursor cells and neurons might contribute to mental illness or age-related brain disease.


Brain Rewiring in Parkinson’s Disease May Contribute to Abnormal Movement

Northwestern
Friday, September 15, 2017

The brain’s own mechanisms for dealing with the loss of dopamine neurons in Parkinson’s disease may be a source of the disorder’s abnormal movement, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in Neuron.


Human skin cells transformed directly into motor neurons

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Thursday, September 7, 2017

In new research, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have converted skin cells from healthy adults directly into motor neurons without going through a stem cell state.


One Powerful Cell Makes or Breaks Your Habits

Duke University
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Duke University neuroscientists have pinpointed a single type of neuron deep within the brain that serves as a “master controller” of habits.


Longtime Antidepressant Could Slow Parkinson's

Michigan State University
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Michigan State University scientists now have early proof that an antidepressant drug that’s been around for more than 50 years could slow the progression of Parkinson’s.


Nanoparticles limit damage in spinal cord injury

Northwestern University
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A biodegradable nanoparticle injected after a spinal cord trauma prevented the inflammation and internal scarring that inhibits the repair process, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.


Robotic system monitors specific neurons

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thursday, August 31, 2017


It’s Not a Rat’s Race for Human Stem Cells Grafted to Repair Spinal Cord Injuries

University of California San Diego
Thursday, August 31, 2017

More than one-and-a-half years after implantation, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the San Diego Veterans Administration Medical Center report that human neural stem cells (NSCs) grafted into spinal cord injuries in laboratory rats displayed continued growth and maturity, with functional recovery beginning one year after grafting.


Test reveals possible treatments for disorders involving MeCP2

Baylor College of Medicine
Thursday, August 24, 2017

A team of researchers has developed a strategy for identifying potential treatments for the severe progressive neuropsychiatric disorders caused by MECP2 duplication syndrome.

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