Hope for the 1%ers

The rich are not the only 1%ers. About 1% of the world has epilepsy. Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disease in the world and unfortunately, up to one-third of these patients are resistant to the current anti-epileptic medications. For these patients, there is little recourse. Continue reading

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Ganglionic Eminence, Mice

NEURO.tv 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 Warfare’s Attack on the Brain

As a new blogger with the BrainFacts.org team, I would like to introduce myself and my unique perspective in the field of neuroscience. My name is Steven Miller, and I am a civilian Ph.D. candidate in the neuroscience program at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. My research may not be what you expect when you hear ‘neuroscience’. I work on developing treatments against the chemical weapons known as nerve agents. Continue reading

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Neuroscientists map the activity of sensorimotor cortex for speech articulation.

A new study published in Nature reveals some of the dynamics of neural activity when people articulate syllables commonly used in English1. The researchers have taken advantage of a therapy that patients were about to follow for epilepsy. In some cases of epilepsy, doctors need to locate the region of the brain that induces seizures. To do so they place a series of electrodes right on the surface of the brain, under the cranium. The technique is called Electrocorticography. Since the patients were to wear that device for some time, they were asked if they would be willing to make some articulation exercises while the electrical activity on the surface of their brain was recorded through this device. Continue reading

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A Manhattan Project to Map the Brain?

When anyone wants to support science, I’m in. These are trying times, when the scientific enterprise is facing severe cuts as budget sequestration looms, creating even more uncertainty and angst among research institutions – not to mention young scientists who might be questioning whether they want to enter a career with such a high level of risk. Continue reading

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