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Scientists Pinpoint How Genetic Mutation Causes Early Brain Damage

Scripps Research Institute
Monday, June 30, 2014

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have shed light on how a specific kind of genetic mutation can cause damage during early brain development that results in lifelong learning and behavioral disabilities. The work suggests new possibilities for therapeutic intervention.

Novel biomarker predicts febrile seizure-related epilepsy, UCI study finds

University of California, Irvine
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A newly discovered biomarker – visible in brain scans for hours after febrile seizures – predicts which individuals will subsequently develop epilepsy, according to UC Irvine researchers. This diagnostic ability could lead to improved use of preventive therapies for the disorder.

Fatal cell malfunction ID’d in Huntington’s disease

Washington University, St Louis
Monday, June 23, 2014

Researchers believe they have learned how mutations in the gene that causes Huntington’s disease kill brain cells, a finding that could open new opportunities for treating the fatal disorder. Scientists first linked the gene to the inherited disease more than 20 years ago.

Boost for dopamine packaging protects brain in Parkinson's model

Emory University
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Researchers from Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health discovered that an increase in the protein that helps store dopamine, a critical brain chemical, led to enhanced dopamine neurotransmission and protection from a Parkinson’s disease-related neurotoxin in mice.

Brain traffic jams that can disappear in 30 seconds

University of Buffalo
Thursday, June 5, 2014

Scientists have found that cellular blockages, the molecular equivalent to traffic jams, in nerve cells of the insect’s brain can form and dissolve in 30 seconds or less.

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Neuron Tells Stem Cells to Grow New Neurons

Duke University
Monday, June 2, 2014

Duke researchers have found a new type of neuron in the adult brain that is capable of telling stem cells to make more new neurons. Though the experiments are in their early stages, the finding opens the tantalizing possibility that the brain may be able to repair itself from within.

How to Erase a Memory – And Restore It

UC San Diego
Sunday, June 1, 2014

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have erased and reactivated memories in rats, profoundly altering the animals’ reaction to past events.

A new model to understand neural self-regulation

Brandeis University
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Neurons live for many years but their components, the proteins and molecules that make up the cell, are continually being replaced. How this continuous rebuilding takes place without affecting our ability to think, remember, learn or otherwise experience the world is one of neuroscience’s biggest questions.

Optical brain scanner goes where other brain scanners can’t

Washington University
Monday, May 19, 2014

Scientists have advanced a brain-scanning technology that tracks what the brain is doing by shining dozens of tiny LED lights on the head.