A small amount of electricity delivered at a specific frequency to a particular point in the brain will snap a monkey out of even deep anesthesia, pointing to a circuit of brain activity key to consciousness and suggesting potential treatments for debilitating brain disorders.
A team of biomedical engineers and clinician-scientists borrowed molecules from the immune system of the parasitic sea lamprey to deliver anti-cancer drugs directly to brain tumors.
New research is a first step toward understanding the way Ritalin affects the organization of the pathways that build brain networks used in attention and learning.
In light of the 20th anniversary of James Thomson’s derivation of human embryonic stem cells, we had some questions for one of the founders of stem cell neuroscience.
Nerve cells stripped of their insulation can no longer carry vital information, leading to the numbness, weakness and vision problems often associated with multiple sclerosis. A new study shows an overlooked source may be able to replace that lost insulation.
Heart attacks, diabetes and other disorders cause similar damage to nerves in the heart. Those patients and potential therapies could also benefit from the new visualization method, says Parkinson’s disease researcher Marina Emborg.
Researchers have upended the traditional understanding of the hormonal cascade that leads to release of an egg from the ovaries.
Researchers have found a switch that redirects helper cells in the peripheral nervous system into “repair” mode. A new study suggests tactics that might assist recovery after physical injury.
These sorts of studies cannot be performed in humans, hence the need to develop and study mouse models.
The exploratory analysis may open a new window on understanding complex disorders like autism.