Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

Neuroscience

Culturing the connectome

Mapping the human brain's network of interconnections, known as the connectome is typically done with help from computational tools because recreating interconnections between different brain regions has been challenging ...

Neuroscience

Rules of the neural roads: Traffic control in your synapses

While the mechanism of transmission of information at the contact point between two neurons—the famous synapse—has been thoroughly studied, the transportation of this information within the terminal end of the neuron, ...

Neuroscience

How the brain deals with limited sensory input

Suppose you woke up in your bedroom with the lights off and wanted to get out. While heading toward the door with your arms out, you would predict the distance to the door based on your memory of your bedroom and the steps ...

Neuroscience

Scientists illuminate mechanism at play in learning

The process we call learning is in fact a well-orchestrated symphony of thousands of molecular reactions, but the exact interplay between these reactions remains largely unknown. Now, researchers at the Okinawa Institute ...

Immunology

Unmasking rogue cells in the immune system

The immune system is a formidable defense against microbial intruders, identifying and eliminating threats through an extremely intricate and adaptable network of specialized cells. However, a system of such deep complexity ...

Attention deficit disorders

'Are we there yet?'—explaining ADHD science to children

Science is often complex, but it does not mean that only a select few should be able to grasp scientific concepts. Many recent efforts have been directed toward involving the public in the scientific process and broadening ...

Neuroscience

Seeking the causes of hyperactivity

The 60 trillion cells that comprise our bodies communicate constantly. Information travels when chemical compounds released by some cells are received by receptors in the membrane of another cell. In a paper published in ...

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