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Dementia Spreads via Connected Brain Networks


In a new study, UC San Francisco scientists used maps of brain connections to predict how brain atrophy…
Mounting Brain Organoid Research Reignites Ethical Debate


As research involving the transplantation of human “mini-brains”—known as brain organoids—into animals to study disease continues to expand,…
Achilles’ heel identified in several neurodegenerative diseases

September 25, 2019

Many neurodegenerative diseases have a common feature that may make them amenable to the same treatment, investigators at…
NIH study in mice identifies type of brain cell involved in stuttering

August 22, 2019

Researchers believe that stuttering — a potentially lifelong and debilitating speech disorder — stems from problems with the…
Genes linked to Alzheimer’s risk, resilience ID’d

August 16, 2019

An international team of researchers led by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has…
Mechanism of electrical signaling in cells revealed

August 16, 2019

Researchers have now obtained the long-sought after, resting-state structure of a voltage-gated sodium channel.  These types of channels…
Scientists manipulate brain cells using a smartphone

August 8, 2019

A team of scientists in Korea and the United States have invented a device that can control neural…
Quantifying how the brain smells

July 23, 2019

Scientists haven’t quite decoded how animals smell, but researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) found that it’s…
Multiple Sclerosis Attacks Brain’s ‘Projection Neurons’

July 18, 2019

Brain damage associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) specifically targets a common class of brain cells called projection neurons,…
Study finds electronic cigarettes damage brain stem cells

July 3, 2019

A research team at the University of California, Riverside, has found that electronic cigarettes, often targeted to youth…
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Key Gene Mutation in Autism May Alter Brain in Early Years of Life

June 25, 2019

A gene mutation strongly linked to severe forms of autism hampers how brain cells communicate and connect with…
NIAID scientists develop “mini-brain” model of human prion disease

June 17, 2019

National Institutes of Health scientists have used human skin cells to create what they believe is the first…
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Brain Changes in Autism Traced to Specific Cell Types

May 22, 2019

Changes in gene activity in specific brain cells are associated with the severity of autism in children and…
Researchers from Cambridge Grow a ‘Mini-Brain’ Capable of Contracting Muscle

March 19, 2019

A group of researchers from the University of Cambridge have grown a miniature (roughly pea-sized) brain in a…
Pioneering trial offers hope for restoring brain cells damaged in Parkinson’s

February 27, 2019

Results from a pioneering clinical trials programme that delivered an experimental treatment directly to the brain offer hope…
The Builder and the Regulator

February 5, 2019

One of the big challenges in neurobiology is cell classification, a problem compounded by the fact that the…
Researchers discover the brain cells that make pain unpleasant

January 23, 2019

Pain sensation and the emotional experience of pain are not the same, and now, in mice, scientists at…
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Ultra-Sturdy Bones, with a Surprising Origin, Suggest New Osteoporosis Approach

January 15, 2019

A handful of brain cells deep in the brain may play a surprising role in controlling women’s bone…
Growing a brain

December 19, 2018

Scientists identified two distinct control mechanisms in the developmental transition of undifferentiated stem cells into healthy brain cells.…
Watching as neurons fire without invasive electrodes or chemical modifications

December 18, 2018

Scientists have plenty of ways to watch as individual neurons in a brain fire, sending electrical signals from…
Five questions with Su-Chun Zhang, forger of brain cells

November 30, 2018

Su-Chun Zhang, a Waisman Center researcher and UW School of Medicine and Public Health professor of neurology and…
Researchers hope to be able to replace dysfunctional brain cells

November 22, 2018

A new study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet supports the theory that replacement of dysfunctional immune cells in…
Key molecule responsible for learning and memory discovered

November 12, 2018

Unlike old dogs, old adults can indeed learn new tricks thanks to a protein molecule called netrin. Netrin…
NIH BRAIN Initiative debuts cell census of mouse motor cortex – for starters

November 8, 2018

Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have reached a milestone in their quest to catalog the…
Su-Chun Zhang, professor of neuroscience in the School of Medicine and Public Health, talked with postdoctoral student Lin Yao as she prepared stem-cell cultures in Zhang’s lab at UW–Madison’s Waisman Center in 2013. Photo: Jeff Miller, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mutation in common protein triggers tangles, chaos inside brain cells

October 24, 2018

A pioneer in the study of neural cells revealed how a single mutation affecting the most common protein…
Overlooked signal in MRI scans reflects amount, kind of brain cells

September 27, 2018

An MRI scan often generates an ocean of data, most of which is never used. When overlooked data…
Neural Disruption of The Normal Function of Brain Cells

September 13, 2018

A multi-institutional study led by Harvard Medical School investigators based at Massachusetts General Hospital and researchers from Johns…
New technique lets us ‘see’ brain cells talk, providing clues to brain dysfunctions

September 5, 2018

Scientists have developed a way to see brain cells talk – to actually see neurons communicate in bright,…
Brain circuit triggers hot flashes in males and females

July 11, 2018

Activation of a single type of neuron appears to trigger hot-flash-like symptoms in mice.  In the issue of Cell Reports, researchers…
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…
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