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Brain Cells, Like Muscle Cells, Mobilize Sugar in Response to Increased Activity

This is an image of a brain slice illustrating Glut4 in all of the main brain layers in the cerebellum. Image credit: Dr. ...

Study identifies brain's connections in keeping related memories distinct from each other

Neuroscientists at the University of Bristol are a step closer to understanding how the connections in our brain which control our episodic ...

New trial may revolutionise treatment of spinal cord injury patients

Queensland researchers are launching a world-first clinical trial aimed at improving recovery from spinal cord injuries. ... Full story

Brain stimulation used like a scalpel to improve memory

Precise memory is enhanced with targeted non-invasive brain stimulation ... Full story

Rabies viruses reveal wiring in transparent brains

Scientists under the leadership of the University of Bonn have harnessed rabies viruses for assessing the connectivity of nerve cell transplants: coupled with a green fluorescent protein, the viruses show where replacement cells engrafted into mouse brains have connected to the host neural network. A clearing procedure which turns the brain into a ‘glass-like state’ and light sheet fluorescence microscopy are used to visualize host-graft connections in a whole-brain preparation. The approach opens exciting prospects for predicting and optimizing the ability of neural transplants to functionally integrate into a host nervous system. The results have now been published in the specialist journal “Nature Communications”. ... Full story

Blocking Neuron Signaling Pathway Could Lead to New Treatments for Peripheral Neuropathy

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the University ... Full story

Neurons Modulate the Growth of Blood Vessels

First Hampered, Then Released: Nerve cells regulate the density of blood vessel network dynamical-ly by fine modulation of signaling molecules ... Full story

Scrapping excessive neural connection helps build new connections

Outline Researchers found that neural activity that retracts excessive early innervation in a certain pathway helps make late neural connections in a different pathway. This may ... Full story

Model sheds light on purpose of inhibitory neurons

Study suggests computational role for neurons that prevent other neurons from firing. ... Full story

Lack of joy from music linked to brain disconnection

Have you ever met someone who just wasn’t into music? They may have a condition called specific musical anhedonia, which affects three-to-five per cent of the population. ... Full story

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