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Stable platform introduced for neuroscience experiments

Stable platform introduced for neuroscience experiments
An ultra-stable platform, the V-Deck has been announced by Prior Scientific, developed for neuroscience and electrophysiology that offers you the ability to quickly and precisely adjust sample height. The new V-Deck sets a new benchmark for operational stability. Versatility to optimally image from thin sections right through to whole animal samples is ensured through the available of a wide range of height adjustable, lockable platform posts.
10th April 2017

Brain circuit necessary for memory formation identified

Brain circuit necessary for memory formation identified
When we visit a friend or go to the beach, our brain stores a short-term memory of the experience in a part of the brain called the hippocampus. Those memories are later “consolidated” — that is, transferred to another part of the brain for longer-term storage. A MIT study of the neural circuits that underlie this process reveals, for the first time, that memories are actually formed simultaneously in the hippocampus and the long-term storage location in the brain’s cortex.
7th April 2017

Stretching the limits of neural implants

Stretching the limits of neural implants
Implantable fibres have been an enormous boon to brain research, allowing scientists to stimulate specific targets in the brain and monitor electrical responses. But similar studies in the nerves of the spinal cord, which might ultimately lead to treatments to alleviate spinal cord injuries, have been more difficult to carry out. That’s because the spine flexes and stretches as the body moves, and the relatively stiff, brittle fibres used today could damage the delicate spinal cord tissue.
3rd April 2017


Area of the brain affected by autism detected

Area of the brain affected by autism detected
  Brain researchers at ETH Zurich and other universities have shown for the first time that a region of the brain associated with empathy only activates very weakly in autistic people. This knowledge could help to develop new therapies for those affected by autism.
3rd April 2017

Brain stimulation improves cognitive problems

Brain stimulation improves cognitive problems
"A beautiful, lobular structure," is how Krystal Parker describes the cerebellum - a brain region located at the base of the skull just above the spinal column. The cerebellum is most commonly associated with movement control, but work from Parker's lab and others is gradually revealing a much more complex role in cognition that positions the cerebellum as a potential target for treating diseases that affect thinking, attention, and planning, such as schizophrenia.
29th March 2017

Transcranial magnetic stimulation may improve memory

Transcranial magnetic stimulation may improve memory
  The ability to remember sounds, and manipulate them in our minds, is incredibly important to our daily lives—without it we would not be able to understand a sentence, or do simple arithmetic. Research is shedding light on how sound memory works in the brain, and is even demonstrating a means to improve it.
27th March 2017

Studying Pavlovian conditioning in neural networks

Studying Pavlovian conditioning in neural networks
In the decades following the work by physiologist Ivan Pavlov and his famous salivating dogs, scientists have discovered how molecules and cells in the brain learn to associate stimuli, like Pavlov’s bell and the resulting food. What they haven’t been able to study is how whole groups of neurons work together to form that association. Now, Stanford University researchers have observed how large groups of neurons in the brain both learn and unlearn a new association.
23rd March 2017

Brain repair discovery improves fight against MS

Brain repair discovery improves fight against MS
Queen's University Belfast scientists have discovered that specific cells from the immune system are key players in brain repair – a fundamental breakthrough that could revolutionise the treatment of debilitating neurological disorders such as MS. The research study, led by Dr Yvonne Dombrowski and Dr Denise Fitzgerald at the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine at Queen's University Belfast, is being hailed as a landmark study in unravelling the mysteries of how the brain repairs damage.
15th March 2017

Electricity improves short-term memory

Electricity improves short-term memory
Scientists have uncovered a method for improving short-term working memory, by stimulating the brain with electricity to synchronise brain waves. Researchers at Imperial College London found that applying a low voltage current can bring different areas of the brain in sync with one another, enabling people to perform better on tasks involving working memory.
14th March 2017

Low-energy artificial synapse aids neural network computing

Low-energy artificial synapse aids neural network computing
For all the improvements in computer technology over the years, we still struggle to recreate the low-energy, elegant processing of the human brain. Now, researchers at Stanford University and Sandia National Laboratories have made an advance that could help computers mimic one piece of the brain’s efficient design – an artificial version of the space over which neurons communicate, called a synapse.
22nd February 2017


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