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Neuroscience

Princeton University Neuroscientists Show How the Brain Breaks Down Events

Princeton, NJ, August 9, 2017 — Research by Princeton University neuroscientists provides a new framework for understanding how the experience of life is accumulated, stored and recalled by the human brain.

“When you go about your day, you’re continuously assaulted with visual, auditory and other sensory information,” said Christopher Baldassano, an associate research scholar at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI).

“We don’t try to understand our world as the continuous stream that’s coming in, but we break it up into pieces we can understand and remember. The goal of this research was to look for the signatures of this kind of activity.” Continue reading

NJIT to Host Inauguration of Institute of Brain and Neuroscience Research and President’s Forum March 6

Newark, NJ, February 17, 2017 — New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will host the inauguration of the Institute of Brain and Neuroscience Research (IBNR) and President’s Forum March 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Atrium.

The IBNR was created to be the primary home for all neuroscience initiatives at NJIT, functioning as an umbrella and organizing framework for diverse areas, from basic research that looks at how animal behavior is generated in the nervous system, to mathematical modeling of neuronal oscillations, to brain imaging, to neurorehabilitation. Continue reading

NIH Reports: Stem Cell Therapy Heals Injured Mouse Brain

NIH in BlueBethesda, MD, August 23, 2016 — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported that scientists and clinicians have long dreamed of helping the injured brain repair itself by creating new neurons, and an innovative NIH-funded study published on August 22 in Nature Medicine may bring this goal much closer to reality.

A team of researchers has developed a therapeutic technique that dramatically increases the production of nerve cells in mice with stroke-induced brain damage.

The therapy relies on the combination of two methods that show promise as treatments for stroke-induced neurological injury. The first consists of surgically grafting human neural stem cells into the damaged area, where they mature into neurons and other brain cells. Continue reading

Princeton University Researchers Flag Hundreds of New Genes That Could Contribute to Autism

PrincetonPrinceton, NJ, August 22, 2016 — Adam Hadhazy in Princeton University’s Office of Engineering Communications writes that investigators eager to uncover the genetic basis of autism could now have hundreds of promising new leads thanks to a study by Princeton University and Simons Foundation researchers.

In the first effort of its kind, the research team developed a machine-learning program that scoured the whole human genome to predict which genes may contribute to autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The results of the program’s analyses — a rogue’s gallery of 2,500 candidate genes — vastly expand on the 65 autism-risk genes currently known. Continue reading

Neuroscience Milestone: Updated Brain Map Identifies Nearly 100 Previously Unknown Regions

Brain new scan 2016New York, NY, July 21, 2016 ― Carl Zimmer reports in The New York Times that the brain looks like a featureless expanse of folds and bulges, but it’s actually carved up into invisible territories.

Each is specialized: Some groups of neurons become active when we recognize faces, others when we read, others when we raise our hands.

On July 20, in what many experts are calling a milestone in neuroscience, researchers published a spectacular new map of the brain, detailing nearly 100 previously unknown regions — an unprecedented glimpse into the machinery of the human mind. Continue reading