This Week on NeuroScientistNews: 4 May – 8 May
News May 08, 2015
Neuroscience beyond the bench; link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s; organization of the sensory cortex, and more.
Not all neuroscientists work at the lab bench. In this profile we follow the story of Won Yung Choi, National Sales Manager for the Americas, Bitplane. Choi discusses her experiences transitioning out of academia to a non-traditional neuroscience role.
Although the use of cannabis as a medical drug is currently booming, we should not forget that leisure time consumption -- for example, smoking weed -- can cause acute and chronic harms. These include panic attacks, impaired coordination of movement, and nausea, as Eva Hoch and colleagues show in a topical review article in Deutsches Ärzteblatt International.
Researchers have uncovered a unique connection between diabetes and Alzheimer's disease, providing further evidence that a disease that robs people of their memories may be affected by elevated blood sugar, according to scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (Germany), VU University Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (USA) succeed in reconstructing the neuronal networks that interconnect the elementary units of sensory cortex – cortical columns.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill have used exosomes -- tiny bubbles of protein and fat produced naturally by cells -- to bypass the body's defenses and deliver a potent antioxidant directly to the brain to treat Parkinson's disease.
Therapeutic Avenue for Parkinson's Disease?News
A new potential therapeutic avenue for Parkinson's disease. This research is unusual given that it focuses on senescence in astrocytes, so called "helper" cells that perform a variety of tasks, from axon guidance and synaptic support to control of the blood brain barrier and blood flow.READ MORE
Using Epigenetic Signatures and Machine Learning to Improve DiagnosisNews
Unique epigenetic signatures for nine neurodevelopmental disorders have been identified, lending to a better method of diagnosis for disorders with much clinical overlap.READ MORE
Valence Mapped: Brain study reveals roots of desire and dislike in the amygdalaNews
Researchers map the amygdala's distinct but diverse and dynamic neighbourhoods where feelings are assigned.READ MORE