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Scientists Reverse Dementia in Mice with Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

December 5, 2019

Writing in a paper published on Wednesday, 04 December 2019, in the journal Science Translational Medicine, a group…
Scientists link concussions to seizures, development of epilepsy

January 30, 2019

Researchers at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC have identified a cellular response in mice to mild…
Astrocytes regulate signal speeds of neurons

November 7, 2018

The transmission speed of neurons fluctuates in the brain to achieve an optimal flow of information required for…
A new hope in treating neurodegenerative disease

October 2, 2018

Tackling neurodegeneration remains one of the great challenges for modern medicine. Most of the major neuro-psychiatric conditions (such…
The brain speaks in calcium; Virginia Tech researcher to build computational translator

July 9, 2018

Behind every powerful neuron is a hardworking astrocyte — or rather, behind, in front of, over, under, and…
Have you thanked your brain’s astrocytes today?

June 26, 2017

Virginia Tech engineers are forging new computational tools to shed light on the role of vitally important cells…
Researchers Unpack How Toxoplasma Infection Is Linked to Neurodegenerative Disease

June 13, 2016

Toxoplasma gondii, a protozoan parasite about five microns long, infects a third of the world’s population.  Ingested via…
Trio of Autism-Linked Molecules Orchestrate Neuron Connections

January 16, 2016

New research from Duke University reveals how three proteins work in concert to wire up a specific area…
Study: Modest levels of nanoparticle may harm brain cells

December 15, 2015

Even moderate concentrations of a nanoparticle used to whiten certain foods, milk and toothpaste could potentially compromise the…
First look at how astrocytes function in humans

December 14, 2015

Pretty much everything happening in the brain would fail without astrocytes. These star-shaped glial cells are known to…
Scientists gain insight in cause of Alzheimer’s symptoms

November 26, 2015

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have uncovered a mechanism in the brain that could account for some…
Scientists uncover nuclear process in the brain that may affect disease

August 19, 2015

NIH-funded study highlights the possible role of glial brain cells in neurological disorders Every brain cell has a…
Every bite you take, every move you make, astrocytes will be watching you

May 15, 2015

Chewing, breathing, and other regular bodily functions that we undertake “without thinking” actually do require the involvement of…
Scientists discover mechanism that may help parasites manipulate their hosts

March 22, 2015

Rodents infected with a common parasite lose their fear of cats, resulting in easy meals for the felines.…
Keeping it Local: Protecting the Brain Starts at the Synapse

October 23, 2013

New research by UC San Francisco scientists shows that one of the brain’s fundamental self-protection mechanisms depends on…
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