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A No-Brainer? Mouse Eyes Constrict to Light Without Direct Link to the Brain

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Monday, June 19, 2017

Experimenting with mice, neuroscientists report new evidence that the eye’s iris in many lower mammals directly senses light and causes the pupil to constrict without involving the brain.


Mice can’t ‘tune out’ stimuli, mimicking sensory hypersensitivity in humans

University of California, Los Angeles
Monday, June 12, 2017

Researchers observed that mice with a form of autism had an inability to adapt to repeated whisker stimulation.


Researchers Identify Potential Biomarker for Alzheimer’s Disease

Boston University School of Medicine
Monday, June 12, 2017

Researchers have been able to identify new circulating compounds associated with the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (AD).


New international guidelines issued on dementia with Lewy bodies

Mayo Clinic
Friday, June 9, 2017

"The updated clinical criteria and associated biomarkers hopefully will lead to earlier and more accurate diagnosis, and that is key to helping patients confront this challenging illness and maximize their quality of life,” says Bradley Boeve, M.D., a co-author of the paper and a neurologist at Mayo Clinic.


Balance and movement improved in animal model of Parkinson’s disease

University of California, Los Angeles
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Researchers have developed a molecular compound that improves balance and coordination in mice with early stage Parkinson’s disease.


Spinal Muscular Atrophy: New Clues to Cause and Treatment

Columbia University Medical Center
Monday, May 15, 2017

Synapses that connect sensory neurons and motor neurons contribute to disease in mouse models of a leading genetic cause of infant death.


USF study shows stem cell transplants may advance ALS treatment by repair of blood-spinal cord barrier

University of South Florida
Friday, May 12, 2017

Researchers show in a new study that bone marrow stem cell transplants helped improve motor functions and nervous system conditions in mice with the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by repairing damage to the blood-spinal cord barrier.


Researchers Discover Neuronal Targets That Restore Movement in Model of Parkinson's Disease

Carnegie Mellon University
Monday, May 8, 2017

Researchers have identified two groups of neurons that can be turned on and off to alleviate the movement-related symptoms of Parkinson's disease.


Silent seizures recorded in the hippocampus of two patients with Alzheimer's disease

Massachusetts General Hospital
Monday, May 1, 2017

Investigators have identified silent, seizure-like activity in the hippocampus – a brain structure significantly affected in Alzheimer’s disease – in two patients with Alzheimer’s disease and no known history of seizures.


Isolating Their Target

University of Connecticut
Monday, April 24, 2017

Researchers at UConn Health used stem cells derived from patients with Angelman syndrome to identify the underlying cellular defects that cause the rare neurogenetic disorder, an important step in the ongoing search for potential treatments for Angelman and a possible cure.

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