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Can You Hear Me Now? Ensuring Good Cellular Connections in the Brain

Salk Institute
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Salk scientists revealed how brain cells called astrocytes help neurons form successful connections, offering potential therapeutic target for autism, ADHD, and schizophrenia.

How Brain Develops Before Birth is Tightly Controlled by RNA Modification

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Monday, October 2, 2017

A chemical tag added to RNA during embryonic development regulates how the early brain grows, according to research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The findings are published this week in Cell.

New Class of Molecules May Protect Brain from Stroke, Neurodegenerative Diseases

LSU Health New Orleans
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Research led by Nicolas Bazan, MD, PhD, Boyd Professor and Director of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at LSU Health New Orleans, has discovered a new class of molecules in the brain that synchronize cell-to-cell communication and neuroinflammation/immune activity in response to injury or diseases. 

The rat race is over: New livestock model for stroke could speed discovery

University of Georgia
Monday, September 25, 2017

Researchers at the University of Georgia's Regenerative Bioscience Center have developed the first U.S. pig model for stroke treatments, which will provide essential preclinical data and speed the drug discovery process.

Study uncovers markers for severe form of multiple sclerosis

Yale University
Monday, September 18, 2017

Scientists have uncovered two closely related cytokines — molecules involved in cell communication and movement — that may explain why some people develop progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), the most severe form of the disease. 

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

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.

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.