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Neuroscientists Brain activity may mark beginning of memories

John's Hopkins
Monday, April 14, 2014

By tracking brain activity when an animal stops to look around its environment, neuroscientists at Johns Hopkins University believe they can mark the birth of a memory.

Bone marrow stem cells show promise in stroke treatment, UCI team finds

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Stem cells culled from bone marrow may prove beneficial in stroke recovery, scientists at UC Irvine’s Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center have learned.

USF study: Blood-brain barrier repair after stroke may prevent chronic brain deficits

University of South Florida
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Following ischemic stroke, the integrity of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), which prevents harmful substances such as inflammatory molecules from entering the brain, can be impaired in cerebral areas distant from initial ischemic insult. This disruptive condition, known as diaschisis, can lead to chronic post-stroke deficits, University of South Florida researchers report.

Bedside Optical Monitoring of Cerebral Blood Flow, Using Penn-designed Device, Shows Promise for Individualized Care in Stroke Patients

University of Pennsylvania
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Using a University of Pennsylvania-designed device to noninvasively and continuously monitor cerebral blood flow (CBF) in acute stroke patients, researchers from Penn Medicine and the Department of Physics & Astronomy in Penn Arts and Sciences are now learning how head of bed (HOB) positioning affects blood flow reaching the brain.

Scientists Create Most Detailed Picture Ever of Membrane Protein Linked to Learning, Memory, Anxiety, Pain and Brain Disorders

The Scripps Research Institute
Thursday, March 6, 2014

Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and Vanderbilt University have created the most detailed 3-D picture yet of a membrane protein that is linked to learning, memory, anxiety, pain and brain disorders such as schizophrenia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and autism.

Brain Circuits Multitask to Detect, Discriminate the Outside World

Georgia Tech
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Imagine driving on a dark road. In the distance you see a single light. As the light approaches it splits into two headlights. That’s a car, not a motorcycle, your brain tells you.

ALS-Linked Gene Causes Disease By Changing Genetic Material’s Shape

Johns Hopkins
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Johns Hopkins researchers say they have found one way that a recently discovered genetic mutation might cause two nasty nervous system diseases. While the affected gene may build up toxic RNA and not make enough protein, the researchers report, the root of the problem seems to be snarls of defective genetic material created at the mutation site.

Many Stroke Patients on 'Clot-Busting' tPA May Not Need Long Stays in the ICU

Johns Hopkins
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Johns Hopkins study of patients with ischemic stroke suggests that many of those who receive prompt hospital treatment with "clot-busting" tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) therapy can avoid lengthy, restrictive monitoring in an intensive care unit (ICU).

Optogenetic toolkit goes multicolor

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Optogenetics is a technique that allows scientists to control neurons’ electrical activity with light by engineering them to express light-sensitive proteins. Within the past decade, it has become a very powerful tool for discovering the functions of different types of cells in the brain.

Mouse Study Shows Gene Therapy May Be Possible Cure for Hurler Syndrome

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Researchers used blood platelets and bone marrow cells to deliver potentially curative gene therapy to mouse models of the human genetic disorder Hurler syndrome – an often fatal condition that causes organ damage and other medical complications.