Every day, humans constantly absorb information through their sensory organs, which the brain then needs to process correctly. The information first reaches the thalamus and then travels to the cerebral … Continue Reading Researchers identify function of higher-order thalamus for the first time.
In the treatment of pain, a common course is to treat patients with opioid medications, these medications show limited effectiveness for neuropathic pain and come with safety and addiction issues. … Continue Reading Researchers map how antidepressants lessen neuropathic pain.
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is becoming increasingly recognized as a very real and devastating problem in which impaired breathing is thought to play a critical role. Researchers believe … Continue Reading Researchers begin to map unexpected death in epilepsy via neurostimulation in human study.
Researchers at the University of Luxembourg have successfully measured metabolic profiles, or the metabolomes, of different brain regions in mice. The metabolome represents all or at least a large part … Continue Reading Researchers have mapped the mouse brain metabolome.
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered that a brain protein has a key role in controlling binge drinking in animal models. They found that deleting the gene … Continue Reading Researchers identify brain protein responsible for controlling binge- drinking.
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute, VU University Amsterdam and Max Planck Florida Institute state that they have succeeded in reconstructing the neuronal networks that interconnect the elementary units of … Continue Reading New 3d neuronal labeling technique provides most comprehensive study of cortical circuitry to date.
Fragile X syndrome, an inherited cause of autism and intellectual disability, can have consequences even for carriers of the disorder who don’t have full-blown symptoms. Some carriers may experience social … Continue Reading New previously unseen cellular mechanism identified in Fragile X syndrome.
Newborn neurons generated from neural progenitor cells in a brain region called the hippocampus play an important role in learning and memory in adults. However, the molecular mechanisms that control … Continue Reading Researchers map epigenetic pathway of neurogenesis in the hippocampus.
Deadly brain tumours called high-grade gliomas grow with the help of nerve activity in the cerebral cortex, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of … Continue Reading Researchers show that brain cancer proliferation is stimulated by nerve activity in the cortex.
Neuroscientists believe that the connectome, a map of each and every connection between the millions of neurons in the brain, will provide a blueprint that will allow them to link … Continue Reading Researchers identify gated-intermediary neuron system which acts as synaptic cloaking device.
A new study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers has found, for the first time, evidence of neuroinflammation in key regions of the brains of patients with chronic pain. By … Continue Reading Neuroimaging study finds first evidence of neuroinflammation in brains of chronic pain patients.
A drug being studied as a fast-acting mood-lifter restored pleasure-seeking behaviour independent of, and ahead of, its other antidepressant effects, in a National Institutes of Health trial. Within 40 minutes … Continue Reading Rapid-acting agent restores pleasure-seeking in bipolar neuroimaging trial participants.
The more curious a person is about a topic, the easier it is to learn information about that topic. New research from the University of New South Wales provides insights … Continue Reading Researchers begin to map curiosity, enhanced learning in the brain.
Over the past several decades, brain stimulation has become an increasingly important treatment option for a number of psychiatric and neurological conditions. Divided into two broad approaches, invasive and noninvasive, … Continue Reading Scientists begin to map brain stimulation sites and pathways.
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) lose myelin in the grey matter of their brains and the loss is closely correlated with the severity of the disease, according to a new … Continue Reading New neuroimaging technique links grey matter myelin loss to severity of MS.
A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of California and the University of Hawaii demonstrates a new approach to measuring early brain development of infants, resulting in more … Continue Reading Novel study maps infant brain growth via MRI in first three months of life.