Optogenetics Moves Towards the Clinic

February 8, 2016

Treating inherited retinal disease and deafness are likely near-term applications. 

Where in the Brain is Long-Term Memory?

January 25, 2016

Synaptic-level changes encode memories in the short term. Could changes at the synapse-support structure, the PNN, encode longer-lasting ones?

DNA Repair System Implicated in Brain Disorders, Too

January 19, 2016

DNA damage and repair are widely studied by cancer biologists and immunologists; now neuroscientists are taking a look

Inflammation Dampens Reward Circuits in Depression

January 11, 2016

Growing evidence of a link between inflammation and mood suggests new pathways to possible treatments.

Feeling Our Way: The Challenge of Studying Emotion and the Brain

January 7, 2016

While scientists are learning how important emotional input is to nearly every aspect of cognition, behavior, and disease, understanding how that works is a tangled puzzle.

‘Network Neuroscience’ Offers a Better Understanding of Brain Function

December 28, 2015

Researchers also hope to treat neural injuries and disease by correcting the brain’s network dynamics.

Nurturing Brain Development in Preterm Infants

December 21, 2015

While neo-natal intensive care units (NICUs) do wonders at keeping prematurely born babies alive, they haven’t focused on helping their brains get back on track. An intervention that adds maternal scents and touches as early as possible may help.

Making the Connectome Personal: One Brain, Many Scans

December 9, 2015

By imaging his own brain more than once a week for 18 months, researcher Russell Poldrack investigates variability and individual differences.

Beyond Optogenetics: Controlling Neurons with Ultrasound

December 7, 2015

“Sonogenetics” could be a powerful new neuroscientific tool.

Big Data and the Brain: Peeking at the Future of Neuroscience

November 30, 2015

“I don’t think, going forward, that neuroscientists are going to be fully capable of doing all the great things they want to do without a level of comfort with computational analysis,” said NIH Director Francis Collins said at the recent Society for Neuroscience annual meeting.

The Long-Term Effects of Adolescent Alcohol Exposure

November 23, 2015

Researchers find clues to why teens binge and which brain areas may be most susceptible to danger during this sensitive period.

It Starts at the Synapse

November 19, 2015

New research suggests that neurodegenerative disease, like neurodevelopmental disorders, may actually start with the synapse, the small gap between two neurons in which neurochemical messages are passed.

Frontiers of Psychiatry: Prevention, Personalized Treatment

November 11, 2015

The need to rethink mental illness in neuroscience terms was the dominant note of the 27th annual New York Mental Health Research Symposium of the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.


The Struggle for Consciousness

November 9, 2015

Connection to community and family should be a patient’s right, whether that person is fully conscious or minimally conscious, argued researcher Joseph Fins at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting.

Early Birth, Altered Brain Connections

October 28, 2015

Researchers find signs that the motor and psychiatric troubles sometimes seen in babies born prematurely may be present before birth. 

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