Ganglionic Eminence, Mice Episode 1

This week we are trying something new. Can we make a video conference about brain research and will people be interested in it? Tell us what you think and how we could improve it! You can view our first discussion on YouTube, it was very interesting. Continue reading

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Chemical Synapse

Study identifies a novel role for a protein related to synaptic vesicles.

I often write on this blog that neurons in our brain are linked to each other by multiple connections. We call those connections synapses, but I never took the time to explain in detail how they work. It is a fascinating subject which constitutes an enormous field of research by itself. Here is an illustration of such a synapse and how one neuron sends signals to the next neuron. Continue reading

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The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (B.R.A.I.N.) Initiative: Text of Remarks

Today, President Obama unveiled further details about the BRAIN initiative, a multibillion dollar project to unravel the secrets of the human brain. Continue reading

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“Brainy” Mice with Human Brain Cells: Chimeras of Mice and Men

Human brain cell transplantation makes mice smart.  The transplanted cells are not neurons and the cells communicate without using electricity. Continue reading

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What is the Cerebral Cortex?

This may seem a silly question, but lets see if you are more like a fifth grader or more like me. It appears that a fifth grade class I recently interacted with can answer a question that I am having a lot of trouble with. They rattle off “the outside part of the brain”. True enough.
They can point to it, its the part that is “squiggly”. True enough.
“It is the part that thinks”. Ok, we can go with that answer.

So why are these fifth graders smarter than I am? No pun intended.

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