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A Second Chance at Sight? Developments in Vision-Inducing Brain Prosthetics

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Scientists have long dreamed of a prosthetic that would deliver video input to the brain, skipping over non-functional eyes or optic nerves. A new study takes a significant first step towards this dream prosthetic by using a novel brain stimulation technique to elicit visual images in both sighted and blind participants.

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The Sci-Fi Eye: How Artificial Retinas Could Help Restore Sight

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Artificial eyes are one of the most characteristic elements of robots in science fiction movies. But this technology may soon be moving out of the cinema and into the clinic, as part of efforts to restore blind people’s vision.

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Opinionated Science Episode 8: Personalized Medicine: Cancer, Neuroscience and Genetic Data

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In this episode, we discuss the potential of personalized, precision approaches to change healthcare. We hear how cancer care has been one of the first areas to take advantage of patient-specific data, the risks and rewards of increased access to genomic data and how neuroscience is beginning to explore diseases of the brain at a personal level.

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Opinionated Science Episode 7: The Vagus Nerve: A Target to Treat Brain and Body?

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In this episode, we review the evidence surrounding vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), a therapy approved for epilepsy and depression that backers now want to use to treat a host of other conditions, include autoimmune disease and heart failure. How can scientists fill in the gaps in the VNS knowledge base?

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Astrocytes Play an Important Role in Maintaining Slow Wave Sleep

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Data presented by researchers from GliaLab at the Letten Centre at the University of Oslo lends further support to the idea that astrocytes are important for uninterrupted slow wave sleep and brain rhythms that are essential for learning and memory, through mechanisms involving intracellular calcium signals.

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Vitamin D Supplements Can't Protect Against Depression
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Vitamin D supplementation does not protect against depression in middle-age or older adulthood, according to results from one of the largest ever studies of its kind. This study answers a longstanding question that has likely encouraged some people to take the vitamin.

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Prostheses Could One Day Be Wirelessly Controlled by Our Thoughts
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A team of electrical engineers and neuroscientists have shown how it would be possible to create a wireless device, capable of gathering and transmitting accurate neural signals, allowing for wireless control of prostheses.

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Enzyme Has Newly-Discovered Potential To Clear Huntington's Protein
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Scientists have identified an enzyme that could play a central role in developing a new route of treatment for Huntington's disease.

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The Coronavirus Outbreak
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On December 31, 2019, the first cases of a novel coronavirus were identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Here, we curate a collection of news and content related to the outbreak.

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Top Tips for Selecting a Custom Manufacturing Partner
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With life science industries facing increased competition, global regulatory demands, and pressure to shorten time to market, outsourcing part – or all – manufacturing is becoming increasingly prevalent. But what should be considered in choosing such a custom or contract manufacturing partner?

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The Markram Interviews Part Three: The Blue Brain Project
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In the final part of our exclusive interview series with Blue Brain Project Founder and Director Professor Henry Markram, we discuss the goals that he has strived towards over the last 15 years – simulating the mouse, and eventually human, brain. We discuss the Blue Brain Project’s achievements and setbacks and Markram explains what he feels are the Project’s most surprising findings. Finally, we look towards the future – when will we have simulated the human brain?

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The Markram Interviews Part Two: Simulations and Experiments – How Can They Work Together?
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In the second of our exclusive three-part interview series with Blue Brain Project Founder and Director Professor Henry Markram, we discuss how brain simulations can benefit neuroscience.

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Green Spaces Are Vital to Combating Social Isolation and Mental Illness
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Green spaces are a vital benefit to our mental health that can mitigate some of the difficulties of social isolation, reaffirmed research presented last week at FENS Virtual Forum of Neuroscience.

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Simulating the Brain: The Markram Interviews
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The EPFL Blue Brain Project (BBP) is a Swiss National Research Infrastructure project which has spent the last 15 years trying to advance the cause of simulation neuroscience. Through successes and headwinds, the BBP has been led since inception by Professor Henry Markram. Read all three parts of our exclusive interview series with Markram now.

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