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Breakthrough on chronic pain: New imaging study paves way for potential new treatments

Harvard Gazette
Monday, January 12, 2015

For the first time, scientists have found evidence of neuroinflammation in key regions of the brains of patients with chronic pain, according to a new study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a Harvard affiliate.

Brain Scientists Figure Out How A Protein Crucial To Learning And Memory Works

Johns Hopkins Medicine
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found out how a protein crucial to learning works: by removing a biochemical “clamp” that prevents connections between nerve cells in the brain from growing stronger.

Study Pinpoints Autism-Linked Protein for Sculpting Brain Connections

Duke University School of Medicine
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A new study by Duke researchers provides a close-up of synapse refinement and identifies a protein that is crucial in this process. Disruptions in the protein, called hevin, have previously been linked to autism, depression and suicide, but the molecule’s role in the developing brain was mostly unknown until now.

Animal Study Points to a Treatment for Huntington's Disease -- CHOP Gene Therapy Expert Fine-Tunes Protein Signals, Improves Motor Function and Reduces Brain Shrinkage in a Neurological Disorder

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Monday, January 5, 2015

By adjusting the levels of a key signaling protein, researchers improved motor function and brain abnormalities in experimental animals with a form of Huntington’s disease, a severe neurodegenerative disorder. The new findings may lay the groundwork of a novel treatment for people with this fatal, progressive disease.

First Successful Vaccination Against “Mad Cow”-like Wasting Disease in Deer

NYU Langone Medical Center
Monday, December 22, 2014

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and elsewhere say that a vaccination they have developed to fight a brain-based, wasting syndrome among deer and other animals may hold promise on two additional fronts: protecting U.S. livestock from contracting the disease, and preventing similar brain infections in humans.

Lost memories might be able to be restored, new UCLA study indicates

Friday, December 19, 2014

New UCLA research indicates that lost memories can be restored. The findings offer some hope for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Healthy brain development balanced on edge of a cellular ‘sword’

Yale School of Medicine
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A new Yale-led study of children with neurodevelopmental abnormalities of the brain identifies a “cutting” enzyme crucial to the shaping and division of brain cells as well as the replenishment of neural stem cells.

‘Microlesions’ in epilepsy discovered by novel technique

University of Illinois at Chicago
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Using an innovative technique combining genetic analysis and mathematical modeling with some basic sleuthing, researchers have identified previously undescribed microlesions in brain tissue from epileptic patients.

New imaging technique helps predict how vision recovers after brain tumor removal

University of Rochester
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

An interdisciplinary team of University neuroscientists and neurosurgeons has used a new imaging technique to show how the human brain heals itself in just a few weeks following surgical removal of a brain tumor.

Multiple, short learning sessions strengthen memory formation in fragile X syndrome

University of California, Irvine
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A learning technique that maximizes the brain’s ability to make and store memories may help overcome cognitive issues seen in fragile X syndrome, a leading form of intellectual disability, according to UC Irvine neurobiologists.