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Digital Snapshots’ Reveal Proteins Involved in Mitochondrial Quality Control
Digital Snapshots’ Reveal Proteins Involved in Mitochondrial Quality Control
News   May 04, 2018

Scientists report having developed a new technique to analyze, with unprecedented quantitative precision, how cells initiate the removal of defective mitochondria by the cell’s autophagy, or “self-eating,” system. The methodology allowed them to study, for the first time, this process in human neurons derived from stem cells.

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Targeting Astrocytes Might Help to Alleviate Symptoms of Disease
Targeting Astrocytes Might Help to Alleviate Symptoms of Disease
News   May 04, 2018

In studies in mice, the researchers were able to show that blocking a particular receptor located on astrocytes normalized brain function and improved memory performance.

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Nicotine Receptor Blueprints May Help Design Drugs for Addiction
Nicotine Receptor Blueprints May Help Design Drugs for Addiction
News   May 03, 2018

UT Southwestern researchers today published in Nature atomic-scale blueprints of the most abundant class of brain nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. A structural understanding of the protein, found in neurons, could lead to new ways to treat nicotine addiction from smoking and vaping.

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Researchers Map Circuit Connection Between Clock Nucleus and Aggression
Researchers Map Circuit Connection Between Clock Nucleus and Aggression
News   May 03, 2018

A research team has discovered a circuit in the brains of mice connecting circadian rhythm to aggressive behaviour.

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Fear and Courage Centres Mapped in the Brain
Fear and Courage Centres Mapped in the Brain
News   May 03, 2018

Pinpoint stimulation of a cluster of nerve cells in the brains of mice encouraged timid responses to a perceived threat, whereas stimulation of an adjacent cluster induced boldness and courage.

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Significant Link Between Common Allergic Diseases and Psychiatric Disorders
Significant Link Between Common Allergic Diseases and Psychiatric Disorders
News   May 02, 2018

Patients with asthma and hay fever have an increased risk of developing psychiatric disorders, finds a new study,the first to find a connection between common allergies and the overall risk of developing psychiatric disorders. The findings could have implications for how doctors care for and monitor patients with allergic diseases.

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MRI Study Shows Brains of Young People With Severe Behavioural Problems ‘Wired Differently’
MRI Study Shows Brains of Young People With Severe Behavioural Problems ‘Wired Differently’
News   May 02, 2018

Latest research from psychologists and neuroscientists points to subtle differences in brain connectivity impacting young people with Conduct Disorder.

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Real-Time Metabolomics in the Brain
Real-Time Metabolomics in the Brain
News   May 02, 2018

Nagoya University-centered researchers develop novel system for in vivo real-time monitoring of metabolites in a living mouse brain.

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Drosophila Decision-Making Determined by Dendritic Integration
Drosophila Decision-Making Determined by Dendritic Integration
News   May 02, 2018

Gathering information before making a decision is considered a hallmark of intelligence. Researchers at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour have discovered what happens in a brain before a decision is made.

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£18 M Fund to Tackle Six Biggest Themes in Brain Tumor Research
£18 M Fund to Tackle Six Biggest Themes in Brain Tumor Research
News   May 02, 2018

The Cancer Research UK Brain Tumour Awards have been launched in partnership with The Brain Tumour Charity.

The aim of the awards is to help advance our understanding about the biology of the disease and the challenges translating discoveries into treatments.

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