A New Class of Drug That Could Prevent Depression and PTSD
Current treatments for depression and PTSD only suppress symptoms, if they work at all. What if we could prevent these diseases from developing altogether? Neuroscientist and TED Fellow Rebecca Brachman shares the story of her team's accidental discovery of a new class of drug that, for the first time ever, could prevent the negative effects of stress -- and boost a person's ability to recover and grow. Learn how these resilience-enhancing drugs could change the way we treat mental illness.
Fly Through the Nervous System of a 7-Day Chicken Embryo
This video, an honorable mention at the 2021 Nikon Small World in Motion Competition, shows the nervous system of a 7-day old chicken embryo, imaged using light sheet microscopy.
How Do You Choose Between Two Things?
Choosing between two things can be simple, or it could wrap our brains up in the what-ifs and lists of pros and cons. So how do we eventually come to the decision of choosing one of those two things?
Old Pill, New Trick
One team of researchers may has found a promising lead in the fight to cure or prevent Alzheimer's. And another team is helping us understand how Hydras regrow their heads.
Do You Need a Brain to Sleep?
You might think you need a brain to be able to sleep, but organisms with super simple neural networks can still "sleep" sort of like we do. So, if these organisms can sleep too, then what is sleep anyway?
A Vision Engaging Pharmacokinetic Strategies To Treat Substance Abuse Disorders and Overdose
This video lecture will detail the chemistry, immunology and behavioral findings from vaccines against opioids, including heroin and the synthetic opioids fentanyl and carfentanil, as well as a bacterial source to treat nicotine substance disorders and poisoning.
Finding That Connection: Watch Two Neurons in a Petri Dish Sense Each Other and Connect
In this video, Dr. Lila Landowski shares footage of two neurons connecting in a dish.
Why Do Some People Snore So Loudly?
Dig into the science of what causes snoring, and how chronic snoring can be a sign of sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
Ketamine as an Antidepressant With Dr. Lisa Monteggia
The Monteggia laboratory at Vanderbilt University has been investigating the molecular mechanisms that underly this rapid action. In this Teach Me in 10, Dr. Monteggia outlines some of the key discoveries that her team have made, particularly in relation to ketamine, neuroplasticity and neuroreceptors.
Dopamine Isn’t Just a Happy Chemical
When we think of the neurotransmitter dopamine, we often imagine it, and other molecules in our brains, as doing one specific thing. But that's just flat out wrong!