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Scientists are inching closer towards new therapies for degenerative diseases

October 31, 2019

Human body is like a huge robot, which has its movement and electronics. We are partially mechanical and…
Caught in the Act: Study Catches Brain Circuits as They Rewire

October 18, 2019

In a technical feat with ramifications for our understanding of how experiences imprint themselves as lasting memories, and…
In a study of mice, NIH researchers showed that a protein encoded by a gene called Shisa7 (green) may boost the nerve calming effects of valium and other benzodiazepines by sticking to GABA type A neurotransmitter receptors (red). Image credit: Lu lab, NIH/NINDS
‘Sticky’ gene may help Valium calm nerves

October 11, 2019

Between 1999 and 2017, the United States experienced a 10-fold increase in the number of people who died from…
Technique can image individual proteins within synapses

September 27, 2019

Our brains contain trillions of synapses — the connections that transmit messages from neuron to neuron. Within these…
Brain tumors form synapses with healthy neurons, Stanford-led study finds

September 20, 2019

Scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have shown for the first time that severe brain cancers integrate into…
Molecular Cartography

July 1, 2019

The choreography of communication between nerve cells in the brain is exquisitely controlled by synapses, the specialized junctions…
New research offers insight into the proteins in the brain that detect cannabis

May 3, 2019

Researchers at the University of Bristol have made new progress in understanding how cannabinoid receptors (CB1Rs), the proteins…
Stanford researchers’ artificial synapse is fast, efficient and durable

April 26, 2019

The brain’s capacity for simultaneously learning and memorizing large amounts of information while requiring little energy has inspired…
An electron microscope image showing the rectangular gold (Au) electrodes representing signalling neurons and the rounded electrode representing the receiving neuron. The material of molybdenum disulfide layered with lithium connects the electrodes, enabling the simulation of cooperative growth among synapses. Image credit: Xiaojian Zhu, Nanoelectronics Group, University of Michigan.
Toward brain-like computing: New memristor better mimics synapses

December 19, 2018

A new electronic device developed at the University of Michigan can directly model the behaviors of a synapse,…
Is zinc the link to how we think? Some evidence, and a word of warning

November 19, 2018

In biology, structure equals function. The protein machines that do virtually all of the myriad biochemical jobs within…
Protein has unique effects on information processing

October 16, 2018

Our cognitive abilities come down to how well the connections, or synapses, between our brain cells transmit signals.…
MIT Conducts First Computer Simulation of Artificial Synapses with Promising Results

January 24, 2018

Although it may seem that digital computers are infinitely more powerful than our brains, it is not so…
Scientists found predisposition to smoking in the molecular structure of the brain

December 6, 2017

Some smokers just cannot give up their dirty unhealthy habit. Nothing seems to help them. While it is…
Scientists shed new light on the mechanism of a common type of dementia

November 24, 2017

The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer‘s disease – most likely you already know that. However, other…
Scientists get closer look at living nerve synapses

March 26, 2017

Custom-built microscope reveals details of how neurons communicate The brain hosts an extraordinarily complex network of interconnected nerve…
The rhythm that makes memories permanent

December 29, 2016

Scientists at IST Austria identify mechanism that regulates rhythmic brain waves — inhibition at synapses is the key…
Researchers reveal how neurodegenerative diseases spread through the brain

November 10, 2016

Synapses, the place where brain cells contact one another, play a pivotal role in the transmission of toxic…
Scientists discover autism gene slows down brain cell communication

November 10, 2016

Gene changes the way brain cells grow and communicate. Scientists at McMaster University’s Stem Cell and Cancer Research…
First demonstration of brain-inspired device to power artificial systems

October 7, 2016

New research, led by the University of Southampton, has demonstrated that a nanoscale device, called a memristor, could…
Two new studies uncover key players responsible for learning and memory formation

September 30, 2016

One of the most fascinating properties of the mammalian brain is its capacity to change throughout life. Experiences,…
Neurons feel the force – physical interactions control brain development

September 24, 2016

Researchers have identified a new mechanism controlling brain development: that neurons not only ‘smell’ chemicals in their environment,…
Visualization of newly formed synapses with unprecedented resolution

August 13, 2016

The Kwon Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience, Florida, has identified mechanistic and functional elements that…
Yale scientists apply new imaging tool to common brain disorders

July 21, 2016

A Yale-led team of researchers developed a new approach to scanning the brain for changes in synapses that…
Neurons form synapse clusters

July 20, 2016

The cerebral cortex resembles a vast switchboard. Countless lines carrying information about the environment, for example from the…
Mouse Model of Autism Offers Insights to Human Patients, Potential Drug Targets

May 10, 2016

A new mouse model of a genetically-linked type of autism reveals more about the role of genes in…
Study finds only a small portion of synapses may be active during neurotransmission

February 26, 2016

New optical technique, used in mice, offers detailed look at how dopamine works in the brain Columbia University…
Carnegie Mellon develops new method for analyzing synaptic density

January 8, 2016

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a new approach to broadly survey learning-related changes in synapse properties. In…
Scientists develop new method for analyzing synaptic density

December 28, 2015

High-throughput, machine-learning tool could help researchers better understand synaptic activity in learning and disease Carnegie Mellon University researchers…
First direct evidence for synaptic plasticity in fruit fly brain

December 4, 2015

Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have resolved a decades-long debate about how the brain is modified…
Neuroscientists reveal how the brain can enhance connections

November 19, 2015

When the brain forms memories or learns a new task, it encodes the new information by tuning connections…
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