Archive for brain research

september 2015: 1

Building Muscle
“Lab-grown muscle fibers offer new muscular dystrophy model”
Future applications include other degenerative muscle diseases.
Harvard Medical School News — August 3, 2015

Fat in the Family?
Study could lead to therapeutics that boost metabolism
Harvard Medical School News — August 20, 2015

UGA’s Regenerative Bioscience Center collaborates in development of brain-friendly interfaces
“…proof of concept that extracellular matrix can be used to ensheathe a functioning electrode without the use of any other foreign or synthetic materials…. the extracellular matrix derived electrodes adapted to the mechanical properties of brain tissue and were capable of acquiring neural recordings from the brain cortex.”
Regenerative Bioscience Center, University of Georgia — August 5, 2015

We transformed living cells into tiny lasers
Harvard Medical School Dermatology/The Conversation, American pilot, July 27, 2015

Alzheimer’s research

Immune mechanisms of synapse loss in health and disease (YouTube lecture)
Beth Stevens, Broad Institute/Boston Children’s Hospital —  July 8, 2015
Her lab is “using a combination of live imaging, molecular, biochemical, and neuroanatomical approaches to investigate the molecular mechanisms by which immune molecules and immune cells called microglia prune synapses in health and disease. Her recent work demonstrates [how] immune-related pruning pathways mediate aberrant synapse loss and dysfunction in neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease) and neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism.

Iron-containing inflammatory cells seen in Alzheimer’s brains
“Using high-field MRI technology and staining techniques, scientists have located inflamed, iron-containing scavenger cells in a memory-formation structure in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients who died”
Stanford Medicine News Center — July 20, 2015

something completely different

Why the long face? Horses and humans share facial expressions
“Horses and humans share surprisingly similar facial expressions”
University of Sussex — August 5, 2015

 

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april 2015:1

Experimental cancer drug restores memory in mouse model of Alzheimer’s
Yale University News — March 31, 2015

Human Brains Age Less than Previously Thought
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) — March 5, 2015

Innovative light therapy reaches deep tumors
Washington University School of Medicine — March 9, 2015

Seeing the Light
“Gene therapy slows vision loss in mouse models of retinal degeneration”
Harvard University School of Medicine — March 23, 2015

Skin Tough
“Study at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source Shows Why Skin is Resistant to Tearing”
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory — March 31, 2015

Synaptic Shortcut
“Newly discovered brain pathway overturns anatomy, could solve antipsychotic mystery”
Harvard University School of Medicine — March 6, 2015

Transport molecule forms a protective structure to guide proteins to cell membrane
University of Chicago Medicine — March 5, 2015

environment

Metabolic Path to Improved Biofuel Production
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory — March 4, 2015

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