Neuroscience

One step closer to finding a cure for brain diseases

A research team led by Professor Jaewon Ko and Ji Won Um from Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences identified a new principle of formation of brain synapses through synaptic binding protein complexes.

Neuroscience

Study points to immune system's role in neural development

Between the ages of two and four, the human brain has an estimated one quadrillion synapses – the electrical connections between neurons. As we age, pruning out extraneous synapses enables existing ones to run more efficiently ...

Neuroscience

When less is essential to keep the brain going

Like the junctions in an electronic circuit between two semiconductors in an integrated computer chip, synapses in the brain constitute the logic of information flow. Simply put, neurons form functional synapses every time ...

Neuroscience

Researchers activate repair program for nerve fibers

Injuries to the spinal cord can cause paralysis and other permanent disabilities because severed nerve fibers do not regrow. Now, scientists of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) have developed a molecular ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Study implicates glial cells in fragile X syndrome

Research on fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited cause of mental retardation, has focused mostly on how the genetic defect alters the functioning of neurons in the brain. A new study focusing on a different type ...

Neuroscience

Modeling memory in the brain

Scientists at EPFL have uncovered mathematical equations behind the way the brain forms – and even loses – memories.

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