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PPC region transforms seeing into doing

PPC region transforms seeing into doing
A new study in Nature Communications, a team from MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory provides evidence that one crucial brain region called the posterior parietal cortex (PPC) plays an important role in converting vision into action. “Vision in the service of action begins with the eyes, but then that information has to be transformed into motor commands,” said senior author Mriganka Sur, the Paul E. and Lilah Newton Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.
3rd July 2018

Major initiative to analyse blood samples to facilitate medical research

Major initiative to analyse blood samples to facilitate medical research
The biomarker profiles of 500,000 blood samples from UK Biobank will be analysed by Nightingale Health. The research initiative was announced at the 2018 UK Biobank Scientific Conference in London. 
25th June 2018

The neurons that rewrite traumatic memories

The neurons that rewrite traumatic memories
Neuroscientists at EPFL have located the cells that help reprogram long-lasting memories of traumatic experiences towards safety, a first in neuroscience. The study is published in Science. Memories of traumatic experiences can lead to mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can destroy a person’s life. It is currently estimated that almost a third of all people will suffer from fear- or stress-related disorders at one point in their lives.
19th June 2018


The earliest decisions that shape a human embryo

The earliest decisions that shape a human embryo
The factors that shape the destiny of a cell, like that of a fully formed person, remain something of a mystery. Why, for example, does one stem cell in a human embryo become a neuron rather than a muscle cell? And why does another decide to build cartilage rather than cardiac tissue? New research by a team of Rockefeller scientists under the direction of Ali H. Brivanlou and Eric D. Siggia illuminates the molecular circuitry that determines a cell’s fate.
24th May 2018

BioStamp nPoint system receives FDA 510(k) clearance

BioStamp nPoint system receives FDA 510(k) clearance
MC10 Inc. has announced that their BioStamp nPoint system has received FDA 510(k) clearance. BioStamp nPoint is a wireless, biometric data collection platform intended for use by healthcare professionals and researchers for the continuous collection of physiological data in the home or traditional healthcare settings. The system is designed for use in clinical trials and research studies where collection of relevant data is needed.
24th May 2018

Gonorrhoea surveillance study maps antibiotic resistance across Europe

Gonorrhoea surveillance study maps antibiotic resistance across Europe
The first European-wide genomic survey of gonorrhoea has mapped antibiotic resistance in this sexually transmitted disease throughout the continent. Researchers at The Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance (CGPS), the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and their collaborators also showed that using DNA sequencing data they could accurately determine antibiotic resistance and identify incorrect laboratory test results.
18th May 2018

A simplified recipe for engineering brain cells

A simplified recipe for engineering brain cells
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have devised what they call a 'neuronal cookbook' for turning skin cells into different types of neurons. As reported in the journal Nature, the research opens the door to studying common brain conditions such as autism, schizophrenia, addiction and Alzheimer’s disease under reproducible conditions in a dish.
15th May 2018

MRI glove provides insights into hand anatomy

MRI glove provides insights into hand anatomy
A new kind of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) component in the shape of a glove delivers the first clear images of bones, tendons, and ligaments moving together, a new study finds. Led by NYU School of Medicine and published in Nature Biomedical Engineering, the study shows how a new MRI element design woven into garment-like detectors can capture high-quality images of moving joints for the first time.
14th May 2018

Insights into the mechanics of human movement

Insights into the mechanics of human movement
For athletes and weekend warriors alike, returning from a tendon injury too soon often ensures a trip right back to physical therapy. However, a technology developed by University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers could one day help tell if your tendons are ready for action. A team of researchers led by UW–Madison mechanical engineering professor Darryl Thelen and graduate student Jack Martin has devised an approach for noninvasively measuring tendon tension.
26th April 2018

Watch your step: how vision leads locomotion

Watch your step: how vision leads locomotion
Using technologies to track how vision guides foot placement, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin come one step closer in determining what is going on in the brain while we walk, paving the way for better treatment for mobility impairments — strokes, aging and Parkinson’s — and technology development — prosthetics and robots. Walking on natural terrain takes precise coordination between vision and body movements to efficiently and stably traverse any given path.
25th April 2018


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