Neuroscience News


Gene Jumpstarts Regeneration of Damaged Nerve Cells

A Yale research team has identified a gene that when eliminated can spur regeneration of axons in nerve cells severed by spinal cord injury.​


Memory-Enhancing Drug Acts as Molecular 'Staple'

New research has revealed atomic-scale details about the workings of an experimental drug that boosts learning and memory.​


What Happens to a Dying Cell’s Corpse? New Findings Illuminate an Old Problem

Rockefeller researchers report on an unusual cell-death process whose discovery could shed new light on how cells bury their dead.​


Decoding the Chemistry of Fear

Salk team charts pathway for fear in worms to reveal more about human anxiety​


Engineers Develop Most Efficient Red Light-Activated Optogenetic Switch for Mammalian Cells

Technique  doesn’t require the addition of sensing molecules from outside the cells.


Birth of New Neurons in the Human Hippocampus Ends in Childhood

Adult ‘neurogenesis,’ observed in other species, appears not to occur in humans.


Creation of New Brain Cells May Be Limited, Mouse Study Shows

Study demonstrates that stem cells in the mouse brain don’t divide in a self-renewing fashion.


JHU Finds How Brain Instantly Tells Trash from Treasure

The team found the brain can begin processing value just 80 milliseconds after seeing something.


UCSF Study Points to Immune System's Role in Neural Development

The immune signal, IL-33, is crucial in allowing the brain to maintain the optimal number of synapses during development.


Scientists Identify Brain Region in Mice That Keeps the Body from Losing its Balance

Columbia University-led study reveals a key mechanism that guides this fundamental aspect of movement.