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  • New gene discovered associated with Tau, a common form of brain pathology

    25th Mar 17

    Investigators have reported the discovery of a new gene that is associated with susceptibility to a common form of brain pathology called Tau that accumulates in several different conditions, including Alzheimer's disease, certain forms of dementia and Parkinsonian syndromes as well as chronic traumatic encephalopathy that occurs with repeated head injuries.

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  • Surprising culprit in nerve cell damage identified

    25th Mar 17

    Scientists have implicated a specific molecule in the self-destruction of axons, the wiring of the nervous system. Understanding just how that damage occurs may help researchers find a way to halt it.

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  • Scientists get closer look at living nerve synapses

    25th Mar 17

    The brain hosts an extraordinarily complex network of interconnected nerve cells that are constantly exchanging electrical and chemical signals at speeds difficult to comprehend. Now, scientists report that they have been able to achieve -- with a custom-built microscope -- the closest view yet of living nerve synapses.

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  • Parallel computation provides deeper insight into brain function

    25th Mar 17

    New computational software is hundreds of times faster than conventional tools, opening up new opportunities to understand how individual neurons and networks of neurons function.

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  • Encouraging results for patients with aggressive brain cancer

    24th Mar 17

    Patients diagnosed with a glioblastoma, and who undergo current standard treatment, have a median survival of 16 months. Based on recent information on the mechanisms of chemotherapy, a team of researchers developed a new clinical approach overcome treatment resistance that increased the median survival to 22 months -- bringing much needed hope to those affected by this aggressive disease.

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  • Sleep deprivation impairs ability to interpret facial expressions

    24th Mar 17

    When you're tired, your ability to interpret subtle expressions of happiness and sadness can begin to deteriorate, researchers have found. However, the ability to read more primitive survival-based emotions, like anger and fear, remains intact.

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  • New stem cell method produces millions of human brain and muscle cells in days

    24th Mar 17

    Scientists have created a new technique that simplifies the production of human brain and muscle cells -- allowing millions of functional cells to be generated in just a few days. The results open the door to producing a diversity of new cell types that could not be made before in order to study disease.

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  • Study shows how brain combines subtle sensory signals to take notice

    24th Mar 17

    New research explains how the developing brain learns to integrate and react to subtle but simultaneous sensory cues -- sound, touch and visual -- that would be ignored individually.

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  • Spiritual retreats change feel-good chemical systems in the brain

    23rd Mar 17

    More Americans than ever are turning to spiritual, meditative and religious retreats as a way to reset their daily life and enhance well-being. Now, researchers show there are changes in the dopamine and serotonin systems in the brains of retreat participants.

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  • Transgender college freshmen drink more, experience more blackouts, study shows

    23rd Mar 17

    A survey of more than 422,000 college freshmen found that students who identified as transgender were more likely than their cisgender peers to experience negative consequences from drinking, including memory blackouts, academic problems and conflicts such as arguments or physical fights.

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  • Optical tool monitors brain's circulatory response to pain

    23rd Mar 17

    A new report demonstrates that an optical imaging tool used to monitor regional blood flow and tissue oxygenation may be used to track the brain's response to acute pain in infants, children, and adults.

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  • Brain 'rewires' itself to enhance other senses in blind people

    23rd Mar 17

    The brains of those who are born blind make new connections in the absence of visual information, resulting in enhanced, compensatory abilities such as a heightened sense of hearing, smell and touch, as well as cognitive functions (such as memory and language) according to a new study.

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  • Mapping the future of precision medicine in Parkinson's disease

    23rd Mar 17

    A new transformative approach to defining, studying and treating Parkinson's disease has been revealed by investigators. Rather than approaching Parkinson's disease as a single entity, the international cadre of researchers advocates targeting therapies to distinct 'nodes or clusters' of patients based on specific symptoms or molecular features of their disease.

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  • Study identifies brain cells involved in Pavlovian response

    23rd Mar 17

    A new study has traced the Pavlovian response to a small cluster of brain cells -- the same neurons that go awry during Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease and Tourette's syndrome. The research could one day help neuroscientists find new approaches to diagnosing and treating these disorders.

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  • Scientists identify brain circuit that drives pleasure-inducing behavior

    23rd Mar 17

    Neuroscientists have discovered a brain circuit that responds to rewarding events. Scientists have long believed that the central amygdala, a structure located deep within the brain, is linked with fear and responses to unpleasant events, but the new study finds that most of the neurons here are involved in the reward circuit.

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  • Consumption of 'cannibal drug' in adolescence has prejudicial effects on adulthood

    23rd Mar 17

    Consumption of the synthetic drug MDPV – a powerful psychostimulant known as ‘cannibal drug’- in adolescence, can increase vulnerability of cocaine addiction during adulthood, according to a study carried out with laboratory animals. 

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  • Scientific discovery may change treatment of Parkinson

    23rd Mar 17

    When monitoring Parkinson's disease, SPECT imaging of the brain is used for acquiring information on the dopamine activity. A new study shows that the dopamine activity observed in SPECT imaging does not reflect the number of dopamine neurons in the substantia nigra, as previously assumed.

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  • Alzheimer's disease linked to the metabolism of unsaturated fats

    23rd Mar 17

    A new study has found that the metabolism of omega-3 and omega-6 unsaturated fatty acids in the brain are associated with the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

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  • 'Smell you later!' Abililty to smell well linked to social life in older women

    23rd Mar 17

    A new study of older US adults reports that a woman's social life is associated with how well her sense of smell functions. The study found that older women who do less well on a smell identification task also tend to have fewer social connections.

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  • Changes in the vascular system may trigger Alzheimer's disease

    22nd Mar 17

    In some people whose cognitive functions are weakened due to Alzheimer's, the disease can be traced back to changes in the brain's blood vasculature. Scientists have found that a protein involved in blood clotting and inflammation might offer a potential path to new drugs.

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  • Insulin resistance may lead to faster cognitive decline

    22nd Mar 17

    Insulin resistance, caused in part by obesity and physical inactivity, is also linked to a more rapid decline in cognitive performance, new research suggests.

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  • Satnavs 'switch off' parts of the brain

    22nd Mar 17

    Using a satnav (GPS navigation system) to get to your destination 'switches off' parts of the brain that would otherwise be used to simulate different routes, reveals new research. The study involved 24 volunteers navigating a simulation of Soho in central London while undergoing brain scans.

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  • Caution needed for drugs in development for most common malignant pediatric brain tumor

    22nd Mar 17

    Researchers have studied how a crucial cancer-related protein plays a role in one of the most aggressive forms of medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumor of childhood.

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  • How the brain sees the world in 3-D

    22nd Mar 17

    We live in a three-dimensional world, but everything we see is first recorded on our retinas in only two dimensions. So how does the brain represent 3-D information? In a new study, researchers for the first time have shown how different parts of the brain represent an object's location in depth compared to its 2-D location.

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  • Numerosity in humans, birds and fish based in brain's subcortex

    22nd Mar 17

    A cognitive neuroscience, through study, has addressed basic research questions about how our brains process number and magnitude and how such processes give rise to more complex mathematical thinking, answering the question: where in the brain is numerical quantity evaluation processed?

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  • During learning, neurons deep in brain engage in a surprising level of activity

    22nd Mar 17

    Researchers have learned something surprising about the cerebellum, perhaps best known as the part of the brain that makes sure you cannot tickle yourself. The team found that cerebellar neurons, once thought to fire only occasionally, are actually quite active when the brain is learning a new task.

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  • Infections during pregnancy may interfere with genes linked to prenatal brain development

    22nd Mar 17

    If a mother picks up an infection during pregnancy, her immune system will kick into action to clear the infection -- but this self-defense mechanism may also have a small influence how her child's brain develops in the womb, in ways that are similar to how the brain develops in autism spectrum disorders. Now, an international team of researchers has shown why this may be the case.

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  • Potential treatment for type of muscle and brain degenerative disease

    22nd Mar 17

    Researchers have discovered the molecular basis of an incurable disease known as inclusion body myopathy, explains a new report.

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  • Treatment window for fragile X likely doesn't close after childhood

    21st Mar 17

    A new study looked into human and rat brain samples and found that the biological structures potentially contributing to Fragile X syndrome are present in adult brains -- something that mouse samples did not show.

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  • Bipolar disorder: New method predicts who will respond to lithium therapy

    21st Mar 17

    For roughly one-third of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder, lithium is a miracle drug, effectively treating both their mania and depression. Now a new develop tool has been developed to gauge success of preferred treatment for bipolar disorder.

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  • Stem cell therapy is safe for stroke patients, study shows

    21st Mar 17

    A multicenter trial looking at whether a single dose of millions of adult, bone-marrow-derived stem cells can aid stroke recovery indicates it's safe and well-tolerated by patients but may not significantly improve their recovery within the first three months, researchers report.

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  • Deep brain stimulation provides long-term relief from severe depressions

    21st Mar 17

    Doctors have produced the first evidence of deep brain stimulation's lasting effectiveness in a four-year study. The method could serve in the future as an optional therapy for critically ill patients, suggests a new report.

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  • Piece of mind: Engineers can take pictures of the brain with surgical needle and laser light

    21st Mar 17

    With just an inexpensive micro-thin surgical needle and laser light, engineers have discovered a minimally invasive, inexpensive way to take high-resolution pictures of an animal brain, a process that also could lead to a much less invasive method for humans. The team has now proven the process works on mice for the benefit of medical researchers studying neurological disorders such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and aggression.

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  • Heart Procedure Linked with Bleeding in the Brain, Neurological Impairment

    21st Mar 17

    Small leakages from blood vessels in the brain, known as microbleeds, increase with age and are associated with cognitive decline. Of 84 older patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), nearly a quarter developed new microbleeds after their procedure, according to results of a single-center study.

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  • Link between Vitamin D treatment and autism prevention

    18th Mar 17

    Giving vitamin D supplements to mice during pregnancy prevents autism traits in their offspring, researchers have discovered. The discovery provides further evidence of the crucial role vitamin D plays in brain development.

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  • Researchers review progress of treating glutamate signalling in depression

    18th Mar 17

    Major depressive disorder (MDD) impacts 15 million Americans and is the leading cause of disability, yet current treatments possess limited efficacy. Ketamine, which has been repurposed as a rapidly acting antidepressant, has emerged as an experimental and potentially promising compound to treat severe depression through a novel drug action mechanism that blocks glutamate receptors.

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  • Human brain networks developing in adolescence related to evolutionary expansion

    18th Mar 17

    A new study reveals new patterns of coordinated development in the outer layer of the cerebrum of the human brain and describes how these structural patterns relate to functional networks.

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  • Untreated sleep apnea in children can harm brain cells tied to cognition and mood

    17th Mar 17

    A study comparing children 7 to 11 years old with moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnea to children the same age who slept normally found significant reductions of gray matter -- brain cells crucial to most cognitive tasks -- in several regions of the brains of children with sleep apnea. The finding points to connections between this common sleep disturbance and the loss of neurons or delayed neuronal growth in the developing brain.

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  • Abnormal development of the brain in an intractable disease, thanatophoric dysplasia

    17th Mar 17

    Thanatophoric dysplasia (TD) is an intractable disease with abnormalities of bones and the brain. Because of experimental difficulties, its pathophysiology is largely unknown. In this study, by combining ferrets, whose brain is rather similar to that of humans, and unique technique developed by the present researchers, neuronal translocation along radial glial fibers to the cerebral cortex during fetal brain development has been discovered to be aberrant, which suggests the cause underlying TD.

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  • Electroacupuncture releases stem cells to relieve pain, promote tissue repair, study finds

    17th Mar 17

    A new study demonstrates how electroacupuncture triggers a neurological mechanism that can help promote tissue repair and relieve injury-induced pain. The findings provide the most comprehensive picture yet of how electroacupuncture stimulates the brain to facilitate the release of stem cells and adds new insight relating to the cells' healing properties.

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  • Scientists develop light-controllable tool to study CaMKII kinetics in learning and memory

    17th Mar 17

    Researchers are studying how proteins facilitate the plasticity of dendritic spines, the biological basis of learning and memory. They have developed a light-controllable tool to study the kinetics of CaMKII, which is known to play an essential role in memory formation. They applied this tool in several forms of synaptic plasticity and one form of learning and demonstrated its usefulness for dissecting the temporal window of CaMKII activation.

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  • A prescription for touch: Early experiences shape preterm babies' brains

    17th Mar 17

    Newborn babies experience the world through touch. Now, researchers who have measured the brain responses of 125 infants -- including babies who were born prematurely and others who went full-term -- show that a baby's earliest experiences of touch have lasting effects on the way their young brains respond to gentle touch when they go home.

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  • Cause of obsessive-compulsive disorder discovered

    17th Mar 17

    An overactive molecular signal pathway in the brain region of the amygdala can lead to obsessive-compulsive disorder. A research team has now established this connection.

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  • Daily consumption of tea may protect the elderly from cognitive decline, study suggests

    17th Mar 17

    Tea drinking reduces the risk of cognitive impairment in older persons by 50 per cent and as much as 86 per cent for those who are genetically at risk of Alzheimer's, new research suggests.

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  • Treating cocaine addiction by reducing our appetite for drugs?

    17th Mar 17

    The hypocretin/orexin (HCRT) system of the brain is best known for promoting wakefulness and appetite. A new article suggests that blocking hypocretin signaling via the HCRT-1 receptor (HCRT-R1) might also reduce the appetite for cocaine.

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  • Which kids will take longer to recover from brain injury?

    16th Mar 17

    A new biomarker may help predict which children will take longer to recover from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to a preliminary study.

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  • Problematic social media use linked to brain imbalance

    16th Mar 17

    The impulsive act of checking Facebook while driving, in a work meeting, or at other times that could lead to negative consequences has been linked to a deficiency in the balance between two systems in the brain, find researchers.

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  • The genes, neural circuits behind autism's impaired sociability

    16th Mar 17

    New insight has been gained into the genetic and neuronal circuit mechanisms that may contribute to impaired sociability in some forms of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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  • Refugees with PTSD regulate stress differently

    16th Mar 17

    Refugees diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder regulate stress differently than those who don't have the disorder, but may have experienced similar suffering, new research indicates.

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  • Brain-aging gene discovered

    16th Mar 17

    Researchers have discovered a common genetic variant that greatly affects normal brain aging in older adults. The discovery may point toward new targets for preventing or treating age-associated brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease.

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  • From skin to brain: Stem cells without genetic modification

    16th Mar 17

    A discovery, several years in the making, demonstrates that adult skin cells can be converted into neural crest cells (a type of stem cell) without any genetic modification, and that these stem cells can yield other cells that are present in the spinal cord and the brain. The applications could be significant, from studying genetic diseases in a dish to generating possible regenerative cures from the patient's own cells.

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  • The way the brain processes speech could serve as a predictor of early dementia

    16th Mar 17

    Early dementia is typically associated with memory and thinking problems, but older adults should also be vigilant about hearing and communication problems, suggest new recent findings.

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  • Researchers make headway toward understanding Alexander disease

    16th Mar 17

    A surprising and potentially crucial discovery has been made about Alexander disease, a rare and fatal neurological disorder with no known cure.

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  • Predicting long-term cognitive decline following delirium

    16th Mar 17

    Evidence suggests that experiencing delirium after surgery can lead to long-term cognitive decline in older adults. However, not everyone who experiences delirium will suffer this fate. After a recent study, researchers at Hebrew SeniorLife's Institute for Aging Research and Brigham and Women's Channing Division of Network Medicine (both Harvard Medical School affiliates) have discovered that we can predict cognitive decline after postoperative delirium using pre-surgery information from patients, particularly information on pre-surgery cognitive function.

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  • Emotional intelligence helps make better doctors

    15th Mar 17

    A study found that pediatric residents had a median score of 110 on an emotional intelligence survey, compared to an average score of 100 in the general population. The physicians scored highest in impulse control, empathy and social responsibility and lowest in assertiveness, flexibility and independence.

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  • Researchers make major brain repair discovery in fight against Multiple Sclerosis

    15th Mar 17

    Scientists have discovered that specific cells from the immune system are key players in brain repair – a fundamental breakthrough that could revolutionize the treatment of debilitating neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

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  • Novel ICU delirium severity assessment tool developed

    15th Mar 17

    A novel easy-to-administer tool to score and track delirium severity in the ICU has been developed and validated, enabling clinicians to make better decisions about the brain health of ICU patients. Scales currently used in the ICU tell clinician if patient is experiencing delirium or not. New IU tool goes beyond that to say whether delirium, if it is present, is increasing or decreasing.

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  • Bowel cancer medication could help combat early-onset Parkinson's disease

    15th Mar 17

    Folinic acid can protect neurons in fruit flies, report scientists. The study suggests that folinic acid, which is used in medications to treat bowel cancer, can also protect neurons associated with Parkinson's disease in fruit flies.

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  • Epigenetic alteration a promising new drug target for heroin use disorder

    15th Mar 17

    The past few years have seen an explosion of heroin abuse and deaths from opiate overdose. But little is known about the molecular underpinnings of heroin addiction. A new study has found that heroin use is associated with excessive histone acetylation, an epigenetic process that regulates gene expression. More years of drug use correlated with higher levels of hyperacetylation. The study provides the first direct evidence of opiate-related epigenetic alterations in the human brain.

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  • Buzzing the brain with electricity can boost working memory

    14th Mar 17

    Scientists have uncovered a method for improving short-term working memory, by stimulating the brain with electricity to synchronize brain waves.

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  • This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    8th Nov 14

    - What's in store for new Senate? Much of the same gridlock and grind - U.S. Senate science panels will have new leadership in wake of Republican takeover - NIH awards initial $46 million for BRAIN Initiative research - Ministers promise basket of gifts for German science - This is what your brain looks like on magic mushrooms - What is it like to control a robotic arm with a brain implant? - Tracking PhD career paths - Journals unite for reproducibility - Could digital badges clarify the roles of co-authors? - What neuro-revolution? The public find brain science irrelevant and anxiety-provoking - Academic science isn't sexist - New paper asserting that sexism in science is over stirs the pot - Science research needs an overhaul

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  • Explore Education and Career Opportunities at Neuroscience 2014

    4th Nov 14

    Attendees can develop professional skills through career-focused workshops and explore graduate schools and job options through events and resources.

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  • Oct. 31, 2014 – This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    1st Nov 14

    - After Election 2014: COMPETES reauthorization  - Should the government fund only science in the "national interest?"   - NIH proceeds with caution on sex balance in biomedical studies  - Scientists implicate more than 100 genes in causing autism  - Not just lazy: Chronic fatigue is real, new brain scans show  - When shared data is not reproducible: Science is broken–but it can be fixed  - Opinion: Separate training from research budgets  - Animal experimentation for medical research must continue, say leading academics

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  • Oct. 24, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    25th Oct 14

    - Neuroscientists speak out against brain game hype - The absurd claim that only Republicans are to blame for cuts to Ebola research - New antidepressant: Rapid agent restores pleasure-seeking ahead of other antidepressant action - See-through sensors open new window into the brain - Brain scans show cause of seasonal affective disorder - "I’m not a scientist" is a dangerous cop-out - Jeffrey Kahn's odd views on animal research

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  • Oct. 17, 2014 – This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    18th Oct 14

    - Ebola vaccine would likely have been found by now if not for budget cuts: NIH Director - NIH director, Sen. Roy Blunt discuss research funding in medical school visit - Scientists caught in Chinese anti-corruption sweep - Breakthrough replicates human brain cells for use in Alzheimer's research - Scientists find cells self-repair the brain after stroke - Distinguished South African Professor Tebello Nyokong on science, education and innovation - How to ensure ethical animal testing - Revealed: EU science chief promised to be "flexible" towards Israel's war crimes

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  • FENS and SfN Issue Joint Statement on Non-human Primate Research

    11th Oct 14

    Following recent attacks by extremists against scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tubingen, Germany, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) have released a statement.

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  • Oct. 10, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    11th Oct 14

    - Nobel Prize in medicine awarded for discovery of brain’s ‘GPS’ - Microscope work wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry - Europe’s brain project is ‘back on track’ - Marmosets are stars of Japan’s ambitious brain project - The BRAIN Initiative and Grand Challenge Scholars - Glut of postdoc researchers stirs quiet crisis in science - A glimpse into the inner workings of the 3D brain: Researchers build computer models to explore how memories form - How do you make Republicans care about animal testing? Anthony Bellotti has a plan - A call to those who care about Europe’s science

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  • Oct. 3, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    4th Oct 14

    - More Groups Join Project on the Brain - Battle Between NSF and House Science Committee Escalates: How Did it Get this Bad? - Can the United States Avoid Another Government Shutdown? - The Federal Government Shut Down One Year Ago Today. Here's How We Covered It — in 8 Front Pages. - Scientists Are Not Trusted By Americans - Here's Why - Science Gone Social - Protein in Brain Identified As Contributor to Alzheimer's Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia - Don't Let Animal Rights Restrict Biomedical Research - Young, Brilliant, and Underfunded - Cognitive Scientist Steven Pinker Writes on Why Academic Writing is so Opaque - 3,000 French Scientists Are Marching to Demand More Research Funding

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  • Sept. 26, 2014 – This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    27th Sep 14

    - After the NIH funding 'euphoria' comes the 'hangover' - Strengthening safety and security across the U.S. life sciences research enterprise - New Washington player joins push for NIH funding - National Institutes of Health will examine 'effect of sex' in preclinical testing - How a failed experiment on rats sparked a billion-dollar infant-care breakthrough - Strange new type of brain cell discovered - How neuroscience can teach children about mental health - There's not a creativity deficit in science - Op-Ed: Crowdfunding for medical research hits a new high

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  • Sept. 19, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    20th Sep 14

    - House votes to arm Syrian rebels; CR passes - Senate approves Obama's Syria plan in funding bill - Too few university jobs for America's young scientists - Scottish independence: Scotland to stay in UK - If you give a mouse a human speech gene, it learns faster - How your brain actually makes decisions while you sleep - Prominent US academics reprise plea for more basic research to fuel innovation - Seven reasons Congress must reauthorize America COMPETES

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  • Sept. 12, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    13th Sep 14

    - House Republicans unveil bill to fund government until December - Science research funding lags for local universities - New public resource to help researchers explore country-specific requirements - Former Portuguese banker gets top European research job - U.S. science suffering from booms and busts in funding - Brainy processing at your fingertips - EXCLUSIVE: Nature reviewers not persuaded by initial STAP stem cell papers - Science cuts 'fiscally irresponsible', Boyer lecture biologist says - Air France accepts responsibility - without animal transports the European research space will be significantly disrupted - Diversity in STEM: what it is and why it matters

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  • Policy and Advocacy Events at Neuroscience 2014

    9th Sep 14

    Interested in science policy and advocacy? Consider attending these events and start planning your itinerary.

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  • Sept. 5, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    6th Sep 14

    - Roundtable envisions better future for U.S. health care innovation - September is National Biosafety Stewardship Month - Medical research would be 'eroded and lost' by Scottish independence - Female Alzheimer's researchers unite to push for equality, sex-specific studies - Life outside the lab: The ones who got away - Why null results rarely see the light of day - Neuroscience: Where is the brain in the Human Brain Project? - Closing the science gap

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  • Learn More About Careers Beyond the Bench

    2nd Sep 14

    Watch video from the Careers Beyond the Bench workshop to learn about career trajectories of individuals in non-academic settings.

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  • BrainFacts.org Blog: Funding Research with Ice Buckets and Coffee Money

    2nd Sep 14

    A new post on the BrainFacts.org blog by Dwayne Godwin details why the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, while staggering in its success, is not a substitute for government funding for research.

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  • Aug. 29, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    30th Aug 14

    - Research funding cuts to top $6 billion, Labor says - How tech could spell the end of animals in drugs testing - Animal welfare accreditation questioned - NIH to probe racial disparity in grant awards - How movies manipulate your brain to keep you entertained - Study finds that brains with autism fail to trim synapses as they develop - Commentary: A looming crisis in medical research - Pouring water on opponents of animal research

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  • A Guide to Journal Publishing: How to Get Published in a Research Journal

    28th Aug 14

    Gain insight into journal publishing and learn more about emerging trends, such as open-access journals.

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  • Upcoming Webinar: Creating Individual Development Plans

    22nd Aug 14

    Register for the September 17 webinar to learn how an IDP can be used to help employees reach career goals, improve current job performance, and assist in tailoring individual training as part of the overall mentoring process.

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  • Aug. 22, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    22nd Aug 14

    - NSF awards $10.8 million in early concept grants for brain research - Benefunder to launch new funding channel for higher education research - CBO expects no further across-the-board cuts this fiscal year - Iran's moderate president loses a minister-and some momentum for reform - Stephen F. Heinemann, Salk pioneer in brain disease research - Peek into brain shows how kids learn math skills - Abbott wins $19.5 million contract to develop brain injury test - Who governs science? - The curious incident of the fly in the night - Ice bucket challenge underscores damaging cuts to federal NIH funding

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  • Aug. 15, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    16th Aug 14

    - UK grants Chile matching funds for program on scientific research and innovation - International Brain Bee winner announced - Scientists have created the most realistic fake brain tissue ever - In the brain, memories are inextricably tied to place - U.S. fast-tracking process toward human testing of Ebola vaccine - Nepal 'still struggling' to harness science for development - I believe in animal research. But it's time to draw a line

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  • Aug. 8, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    9th Aug 14

    - Prominent U.S. research institutions announce collaboration toward sharing and standardizing neuroscience data - NIH to launch early Ebola vaccine trial in September - Against all odds: Women in developing countries succeed in STEM fields - In science, it matters that women come last - IBM chip processes data similar to the way your brain does - Young scientists use crowd sourcing to fund their research - Shared brain activity predicts audience preferences - Shift in research strategy needed to forestall ills of aging - Expert reaction to Norman Baker's comments on animal research

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  • Aug. 1, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    2nd Aug 14

    - NIH director's statement on Dr. Landis's retirement - International Brain Bee world championship spotlights young neuroscience scholars - NIH advocates gear up for budget fight - Transparency promised for vilified impact factor - Watch 80,000 neurons fire in the brain of a fish - New tools help neuroscientists analyze 'big data' - NIH scientists find six new genetic risk factors for Parkinson's - Hype over Census Bureau STEM report is overblown - Let's spend more wisely on research in Australia - Americans deserve effective science funding - The starving of Canadian science

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  • July 25, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    26th Jul 14

    - Republicans prep short-term funding to keep government open through Election Day - Government must double funding for innovation to compete, admits Vince Cable - Cora Marrett steps down as NSF deputy director - Funding review casting shadow over Portuguese research could cloud other countries - Senate bill backs NSF's practices and calls for big funding boost - Neuroscientists go to Washington - as advocates for science - Spark for a stagnant search - Amid growing concern over head injuries, California limits full-contact football practices - Director's blog: Mapping the risk architecture of mental disorders - Science advisers should be supported, not sacked

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  • Webinar Recording Available: Communicating Your Science to the Non-Expert

    25th Jul 14

    Learn how to develop a short but informative way to communicate your research to a non-scientific audience and read the Twitter conversation that accompanied the webinar.

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  • Save the Date: American Brain Coalition Webinar on BRAIN Initiative

    23rd Jul 14

    Register for the webinar on July 31 to receive an update on the BRAIN Initiative.

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  • July 18, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    19th Jul 14

    - Research!America wants candidates on record about research funding - Botswana approves Innovation Fund - Research coming under pressure - FDA facing criticism over lack of transparency in allocating funds for science projects - Alzheimer's findings seen as a possible new window to understanding the disease - The scientific community is still freaking out about sequestration - Humans already use way, way more than 10 percent of their brains - Mapping a bolder plan for the brain - Defending the grand vision of the Human Brain Project - Bad science muckrakers question the big science status quo

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  • July 11, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    12th Jul 14

    - Scientists threaten to boycott €1.2bn Human Brain Project - Discovery science powered, increasingly, by donors - On tap: Funding, elections, dysfunction - US military developing brain implants to restore memory - R.I.P Portuguese science - Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain - Your brain on magic mushrooms is actually similar to dreaming, brain scan study shows - Probing brain's depth, trying to aid memory - Invest in NIH research - Not all plagiarism requires a retraction - FDA urged to update regulations for informed consent

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  • Communicating Your Science to the Non-Expert: An Online Workshop

    8th Jul 14

    Participate in SfN's first interactive webinar and learn how to develop a short but informative way to communicate your research to a non-scientific audience.

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  • July 4, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    4th Jul 14

    - Can Europe map the human brain? - Data check: U.S. producing more STEM graduates even without proposed initiatives - French science needs 'smarter' spending, OECD says - Secrets of the creative brain - Noninvasive brain control is real - and that's good - Q&A: Life after a PhD - Basic research still the best bet to boost S&T innovation - A thriving research sector is not just about the money

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  • June 27, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    28th Jun 14

    - Brain wave hits California - Safety groups target brain impact of headers in soccer - CSIRO funding cuts driven by 'pure ignorance', says staff association - Record numbers apply for Horizon 2020 first-round funding - Universities in India continue animal experiments - This is the brain circuit that makes you shy - Science fiction come true: Moving a paralyzed hand with the power of thought - Fix the link where science and policy meet - Undermining a cornerstone of medical research - examining a biased commentary on animal studies

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  • June 20, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    21st Jun 14

    - NIH presses journals to focus on reproducibility of studies - $140 million government funding cuts to the CSIRO will have huge impacts on scientific research in Australia - £2.3 million to support science in schools - Professor Colin Blakemore receives knighthood - Sophisticated camera captures all firing neurons - Leadership lessons from science - Your Call: Should animals be used for scientific testing? - Basic neuroscience research with nonhuman primates: a small but indispensable component of biomedical research - A tale of two sexes

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  • Advocacy Webinar Recording Available

    17th Jun 14

    The recording of SfN's most recent webinar, Advocacy Activities: Good for You, Your Institution, and the Field, is now available.

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  • June 13, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    13th Jun 14

    - Give, and it will be given to you - Unlocking the brain: are we entering a golden age of neuroscience? - Bipartisan work on spending bills faces Senate test - Behind the bionic legs that will kick off World Cup 2014 - Rats show regret after wrong choices, scientists say - Time to speak up for research - Cutting budgets for medical research is dangerous

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  • June 6, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    7th Jun 14

    - Student goes to Washington to advocate for increased neuroscience funding - Science funding cuts are generating fears for jobs and research output - Symbolic slap at social sciences - German politicians break research funding impasse - NIH puts $4.5 billion price tag on project to map human brain - Senate confirms Sylvia Mathews Burwell as new secretary of HHS - Repairing the brain - Flashes of light show how memories are made - What's lost as handwriting fades - Animal research can be justified - but 'cuteness' is irrelevant - Mentorship matters for the biomedical workforce

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  • May 30, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    31st May 14

    - Amidst partisan split, U.S. House panel approves controversial NSF bill - German politicians break research funding impasse - A disaster for European science - Building Africa's scientific infrastructure - Scottish independence would damage research funding, warn medical experts - Military plans to test brain implants to fight mental disorders - "Undemocracy": inequalities in science

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  • May 23, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    24th May 14

    - Democrat assault on FIRST bill delays vote by House science panel - Replication effort provokes praise-and 'bullying' charges - Chinese agencies announce open-access policies - German science leaders to politicians: Break funding impasse now - Mice run for fun, not just work, research shows - Is social science research in the national interest? - Federal cuts cause big drop in medical researchers

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  • Deadline Extended for Latin American Training Program Associates

    23rd May 14

    Graduate students and postdoctoral candidates from Latin America and the Caribbean are eligible to apply for the first year of the online program.

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  • May 16, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    17th May 14

    - Labs are told to start including a neglected variable: Females - UK institutions sign up to animal-research openness - Bioethicists warn BRAIN Initiative against repeating past mistakes - Australia shakes up science budget - Salmon over science: House spending panel goes fishing at the expense of NSF and census - U.S. House passes permanent R&D tax credit - House Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health Meeting

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  • Submit Your Application for the Neuroscience Scholars Program

    14th May 14

    The program is open to underrepresented and diverse neuroscience graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Applications accepted through May 23.

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  • May 9, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    10th May 14

    - Conflict swirls as U.S. House nears vote on permanent R&D tax break - Campaign targeting animal experimenter causes uproar in Germany - Finding a path to 21st century cures - Excessive regulations turning scientists into bureaucrats - Wiring of retina reveals how eyes sense motion - What makes Congress’s latest effort to curb science funding so dangerous?

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  • May 2, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    3rd May 14

    - Why animal researchers are ending their silence - UK proposes greater transparency on animal research - U.S. science chiefs field questions, hard and soft, at innovation hearing - Science investment by state 'can increase private spending' - House spending panel backs NSF, NASA science - NSF's science board criticizes bill to alter agency's programs - Male researchers stress out rodents - Federal funding drives innovation

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  • April 25, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    26th Apr 14

    - Fattah continues neuroscience advocacy in four speeches this week - NIH director: Budget cuts put U.S. science at risk - Stanford launches center to strengthen quality of scientific research worldwide - Brain-mapping milestones - Senate approps wants you! (To talk about research) - Brain control in a flash of light - Meaningful activities protect the brain from depression

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  • April 18, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    18th Apr 14

    - NIH and AHRQ announce updated policy for application submission - Animals with human rights will be more than a pet peeve for researchers - H.R. 4472: US-Israel Global Neuroscience Partnership Act of 2014 - Finding may explain why women more likely develop Alzheimer's - Videos: A (very) close look inside the zebrafish brain - Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws - Brain scans: Don’t throw out the baby with the dead salmon

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  • April 11, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    12th Apr 14

    - House passes Ryan budget - UCSF doctor's brain health registry could dramatically cut research costs - RIP, K.C. - Congressmen Smith, Fattah Announce Bipartisan Bill to Boost Alzheimer's Research and Int'l Action Plan - Watch proteins do the jitterbug - Paralyzed men move again with spinal stimulation - Neuroscientists, you now have no excuse not to share raw data

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  • April 4, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    5th Apr 14

    - At House science panel hearing, sarcasm rules - Neurological institute finds worrisome drop in basic research - DARPA launches biological technologies office - Ukraine's science in turmoil - Lean times ahead for Russian Science Academy - Scientists unveil first wiring diagram of mouse's brain - Scientists create an unprecedented map of the developing human brain

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  • NSF Seeking Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research Proposals

    29th Mar 14

    As part of the U.S. BRAIN Initiative, NSF is seeking Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals with the potential to transform our ability to analyze brain function underlying behavioral and cognitive processes.

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  • Highlights from Capitol Hill Day 2014

    28th Mar 14

    SfN members met with more than 75 congressional offices on March 26 to advocate for scientific research.

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  • NMDAR-Regulated Dynamics of Layer 4 Neuronal Dendrites during Thalamocortical Reorganization in Neonates

    27th Mar 14

    Hidenobu Mizuno, Wenshu Luo, Etsuko Tarusawa, Yoshikazu M. Saito, Takuya Sato, Yumiko Yoshimura, Shigeyoshi Itohara, Takuji Iwasato. Thalamocortical (TC) connectivity is reorganized by thalamic inputs during postnatal development; however, the dynamic characteristics of TC reorganization and the underlying mechanisms remain une....

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  • Soluble Aβ Oligomers Are Rapidly Sequestered from Brain ISF In Vivo and Bind GM1 Ganglioside on Cellular Membranes

    27th Mar 14

    Soyon Hong, Beth L. Ostaszewski, Ting Yang, Tiernan T. O’Malley, Ming Jin, Katsuhiko Yanagisawa, Shaomin Li, Tim Bartels, Dennis J. Selkoe. Soluble Aβ oligomers contribute importantly to synaptotoxicity in Alzheimer’s disease, but their dynamics in vivo remain unclear. Here, we found that soluble Aβ oligomers were sequestered from bra....

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  • Register for the Neurobiology of Disease Webinar

    25th Mar 14

    The May 6 webinar will bring together faculty from the sold-out 2013 Neurobiology of Disease Workshop for a discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of using iPSCs technology.

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  • March 21, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    22nd Mar 14

    - Brain-mapping projects to join forces - Picking the brain of a noted UA neurobiologist - Billionaires with big ideas are privatizing American science - House Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Meeting - Neuroscience: Tuning the brain

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  • Translaminar Inhibitory Cells Recruited by Layer 6 Corticothalamic Neurons Suppress Visual Cortex

    20th Mar 14

    Dante S. Bortone, Shawn R. Olsen, Massimo Scanziani. In layer 6 (L6), a principal output layer of the mammalian cerebral cortex, a population of excitatory neurons defined by the NTSR1-Cre mouse line inhibit cortical responses to visual stimuli. Her....

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  • Human CFEOM1 Mutations Attenuate KIF21A Autoinhibition and Cause Oculomotor Axon Stalling

    20th Mar 14

    Long Cheng, Jigar Desai, Carlos J. Miranda, Jeremy S. Duncan, Weihong Qiu, Alicia A. Nugent, Adrianne L. Kolpak, Carrie C. Wu, Eugene Drokhlyansky, Michelle M. Delisle, Wai-Man Chan, Yan Wei, Friedrich Propst, Samara L. Reck-Peterson, Bernd Fritzsch, Elizabeth C. Engle. The ocular motility disorder “Congenital fibrosis of the extraocular muscles type 1” (CFEOM1) results from heterozygous mutations altering the motor and third coiled-coil stalk of the anterograde ....

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  • Urge Your Representatives to Support Efforts to Increase Funding for NIH

    19th Mar 14

    Take two minutes to urge your representatives to reverse cuts to NIH and reaffirm the United States' commitment to investment in biomedical research.

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  • Modulation of Electrotonic Coupling in the Inferior Olive by Inhibitory and Excitatory Inputs: Integration in the Glomerulus

    19th Mar 14

    Jornt R. De Gruijl, Piotr A. Sokół, Mario Negrello, Chris I. De Zeeuw. Dendritic spines in glomeruli of the inferior olive are coupled by gap junctions and receive both inhibitory and excitatory inputs. In this issue of Neuron, Lefler et al. (2014), Mathy et a....

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  • Active Dendrites under Parental Supervision

    19th Mar 14

    Thomas G. Oertner. Pyramidal cell dendrites are able to produce a variety of active calcium signals in brain slices. In this issue of Neuron, Grienberger et al. (2014) investigate dendritic function in the hi....

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  • The Light Touch of Delta Opioid Receptors

    19th Mar 14

    Wendy Imlach, Macdonald J. Christie. Expression of δ-opioid receptors in sensory neurons is controversial. In this issue of Neuron, Bardoni et al. (2014) present evidence that DOPrs are expressed on mechanosensory neurons invo....

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  • Placebo Analgesia: A Predictive Coding Perspective

    19th Mar 14

    Christian Büchel, Stephan Geuter, Christian Sprenger, Falk Eippert. This Perspective reviews recent findings in placebo hypoalgesia and provides a conceptual account of how expectations and experience can lead to placebo hypoalgesia. In particular, we put forward ....

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  • Multisensory Integration: Flexible Use of General Operations

    19th Mar 14

    Nienke van Atteveldt, Micah M. Murray, Gregor Thut, Charles E. Schroeder. Research into the anatomical substrates and “principles” for integrating inputs from separate sensory surfaces has yielded divergent findings. This suggests that multisensory integration is flexib....

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  • Vertebrate Cone Opsins Enable Sustained and Highly Sensitive Rapid Control of Gi/o Signaling in Anxiety Circuitry

    19th Mar 14

    Olivia A. Masseck, Katharina Spoida, Deniz Dalkara, Takashi Maejima, Johanna M. Rubelowski, Lutz Wallhorn, Evan S. Deneris, Stefan Herlitze. G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) coupling to Gi/o signaling pathways are involved in the control of important physiological functions, which are difficult to investigate because of t....

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  • Enhancement of Inhibitory Neurotransmission by GABAA Receptors Having α2,3-Subunits Ameliorates Behavioral Deficits in a Mouse Model of Autism

    19th Mar 14

    Sung Han, Chao Tai, Christina J. Jones, Todd Scheuer, William A. Catterall. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may arise from increased ratio of excitatory to inhibitory neurotransmission in the brain. Many pharmacological treatments have been tested in ASD, but only limited ....

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  • Synaptically Induced Long-Term Modulation of Electrical Coupling in the Inferior Olive

    19th Mar 14

    Alexandre Mathy, Beverley A. Clark, Michael Häusser. Electrical coupling mediated by gap junctions is widespread in the mammalian CNS, and the interplay between chemical and electrical synapses on the millisecond timescale is crucial for determining....

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  • Whole-Brain Activity Maps Reveal Stereotyped, Distributed Networks for Visuomotor Behavior

    19th Mar 14

    Ruben Portugues, Claudia E. Feierstein, Florian Engert, Michael B. Orger. Most behaviors, even simple innate reflexes, are mediated by circuits of neurons spanning areas throughout the brain. However, in most cases, the distribution and dynamics of firing patterns of th....

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  • Functional Architecture of an Optic Flow-Responsive Area that Drives Horizontal Eye Movements in Zebrafish

    19th Mar 14

    Fumi Kubo, Bastian Hablitzel, Marco Dal Maschio, Wolfgang Driever, Herwig Baier, Aristides B. Arrenberg. Animals respond to whole-field visual motion with compensatory eye and body movements in order to stabilize both their gaze and position with respect to their surroundings. In zebrafish, rotationa....

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  • Dorsal Raphe Neurons Signal Reward through 5-HT and Glutamate

    19th Mar 14

    Zhixiang Liu, Jingfeng Zhou, Yi Li, Fei Hu, Yao Lu, Ming Ma, Qiru Feng, Ju-en Zhang, Daqing Wang, Jiawei Zeng, Junhong Bao, Ji-Young Kim, Zhou-Feng Chen, Salah El Mestikawy, Minmin Luo. The dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) in the midbrain is a key center for serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine; 5-HT)-expressing neurons. Serotonergic neurons in the DRN have been theorized to encode punishmen....

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  • NMDA Receptor Activation Strengthens Weak Electrical Coupling in Mammalian Brain

    19th Mar 14

    Josef Turecek, Genevieve S. Yuen, Victor Z. Han, Xiao-Hui Zeng, K. Ulrich Bayer, John P. Welsh. Electrical synapses are formed by gap junctions and permit electrical coupling, which shapes the synchrony of neuronal ensembles. Here, we provide a direct demonstration of receptor-mediated stren....

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  • Cerebellar Inhibitory Input to the Inferior Olive Decreases Electrical Coupling and Blocks Subthreshold Oscillations

    19th Mar 14

    Yaara Lefler, Yosef Yarom, Marylka Yoe Uusisaari. GABAergic projection neurons in the cerebellar nuclei (CN) innervate the inferior olive (IO) that in turn is the source of climbing fibers targeting Purkinje neurons in the cerebellar cortex. Anat....

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  • Deliberation and Commitment in the Premotor and Primary Motor Cortex during Dynamic Decision Making

    19th Mar 14

    David Thura, Paul Cisek. Neurophysiological studies of decision making have primarily focused on decisions about information that is stable over time. However, during natural behavior, animals make decisions in a constant....

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  • Intrinsic Connectivity Identifies the Hippocampus as a Main Crossroad between Alzheimer’s and Semantic Dementia-Targeted Networks

    19th Mar 14

    Renaud La Joie, Brigitte Landeau, Audrey Perrotin, Alexandre Bejanin, Stéphanie Egret, Alice Pélerin, Florence Mézenge, Serge Belliard, Vincent de La Sayette, Francis Eustache, Béatrice Desgranges, Gaël Chételat. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and semantic dementia (SD) are both characterized by severe atrophy in the hippocampus, a brain region underlying episodic memory; paradoxically, episodic memory is relati....

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  • Adaptive Gain Control during Human Perceptual Choice

    19th Mar 14

    Samuel Cheadle, Valentin Wyart, Konstantinos Tsetsos, Nicholas Myers, Vincent de Gardelle, Santiago Herce Castañón, Christopher Summerfield. Neural systems adapt to background levels of stimulation. Adaptive gain control has been extensively studied in sensory systems but overlooked in decision-theoretic models. Here, we describe evide....

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  • Astrocyte-Derived Endothelin-1 Inhibits Remyelination through Notch Activation

    19th Mar 14

    Timothy R. Hammond, Ana Gadea, Jeff Dupree, Christophe Kerninon, Brahim Nait-Oumesmar, Adan Aguirre, Vittorio Gallo.

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  • Neuronal Machinery of Sleep Homeostasis in Drosophila

    19th Mar 14

    Jeffrey M. Donlea, Diogo Pimentel, Gero Miesenböck.

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  • Retinal Input Directs the Recruitment of Inhibitory Interneurons into Thalamic Visual Circuits

    19th Mar 14

    Bruno Golding, Gabrielle Pouchelon, Camilla Bellone, Sahana Murthy, Ariel A. Di Nardo, Subashika Govindan, Masahuro Ogawa, Tomomi Shimogori, Christian Lüscher, Alexandre Dayer, Denis Jabaudon.

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  • Delta Opioid Receptors Presynaptically Regulate Cutaneous Mechanosensory Neuron Input to the Spinal Cord Dorsal Horn

    19th Mar 14

    Rita Bardoni, Vivianne L. Tawfik, Dong Wang, Amaury François, Carlos Solorzano, Scott A. Shuster, Papiya Choudhury, Chiara Betelli, Colleen Cassidy, Kristen Smith, Joriene C. de Nooij, Françoise Mennicken, Dajan O’Donnell, Brigitte L. Kieffer, C. Jeffrey Woodbury, Allan I. Basbaum, Amy B. MacDermott, Grégory Scherrer.

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  • March 14, 2014 -This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    15th Mar 14

    - France Cordova takes over as NSF Director - First step for FIRST bill exposes party differences - Animal rights extremists increasingly targeting individuals - China goes back to basics on research funding - Up to 1000 NIH investigators dropped out last year - H.R. 4176: To establish a position of Science Laureate of the United States - Biomarkers could predict Alzheimer's before it starts

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  • U.S. Legislators Celebrate Brain Awareness Week

    15th Mar 14

    Legislators are joining in Brain Awareness Week celebrations. Click through for the full list.

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  • WIDE AWAKE Mediates the Circadian Timing of Sleep Onset

    13th Mar 14

    Sha Liu, Angelique Lamaze, Qili Liu, Masashi Tabuchi, Yong Yang, Melissa Fowler, Rajnish Bharadwaj, Julia Zhang, Joseph Bedont, Seth Blackshaw, Thomas E. Lloyd, Craig Montell, Amita Sehgal, Kyunghee Koh, Mark N. Wu. How the circadian clock regulates the timing of sleep is poorly understood. Here, we identify a Drosophila mutant, wide awake (wake), that exhibits a marked delay in sleep ons....

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  • Microglial CR3 Activation Triggers Long-Term Synaptic Depression in the Hippocampus via NADPH Oxidase

    13th Mar 14

    Jingfei Zhang, Aqsa Malik, Hyun B. Choi, Rebecca W.Y. Ko, Lasse Dissing-Olesen, Brian A. MacVicar. Complement receptor 3 (CR3) activation in microglia is involved in neuroinflammation-related brain disorders and pruning of neuronal synapses. Hypoxia, often observed together with neuroinflammati....

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  • Latin American Training Program Announced

    12th Mar 14

    Graduate students and postdoctoral candidates from Latin America and the Caribbean are eligible to apply for the first year of the online program.

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  • March 7, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    8th Mar 14

    - White House: Modest 2015 R&D budget proposal, but with a twist - New study ranks Alzheimer's as third-leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer - Slow recovery for embattled Spanish research agency - FY2015 Federal Research and Development Budget Briefing - How fat may hurt the brain, and how exercise may help

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  • President's Budget Released

    8th Mar 14

    On March 4, President Obama released his fiscal year 2015 budget. Learn what this means for NIH and NSF.

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  • Apply for a Travel Award to the Japan Neuroscience Meeting

    7th Mar 14

    North American graduate students and postdoctoral candidates can apply through April 3 to receive a travel award to help cover the cost of attending the meeting.

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  • Striatal Cholinergic Interneurons Drive GABA Release from Dopamine Terminals

    6th Mar 14

    Alexandra B. Nelson, Nora Hammack, Cindy F. Yang, Nirao M. Shah, Rebecca P. Seal, Anatol C. Kreitzer. Striatal cholinergic interneurons are implicated in motor control, associative plasticity, and reward-dependent learning. Synchronous activation of cholinergic interneurons triggers large inhibito....

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  • Representation of Geometric Borders in the Developing Rat

    6th Mar 14

    Tale L. Bjerknes, Edvard I. Moser, May-Britt Moser. Local space is represented by a number of functionally specific cell types, including place cells in the hippocampus and grid cells, head direction cells, and border cells in the medial entorhinal....

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  • Feb. 28, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    1st Mar 14

    - A bright future for brain research - Smith and Bucshon: Investing in science research to keep America competitive - Alan Alda, spokesman for science - A White House call to action to advance the BRAIN Initiative - Does medicine really need lab mice? - Oversight hearing - Federal investments in neuroscience research - Naturally occurring packets show promise for protecting nerve fibers in the brain - A campaign to elect scientists

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  • Novel Primate miRNAs Coevolved with Ancient Target Genes in Germinal Zone-Specific Expression Patterns

    27th Feb 14

    Mary L. Arcila, Marion Betizeau, Xiaolu A. Cambronne, Elmer Guzman, Nathalie Doerflinger, Frantz Bouhallier, Hongjun Zhou, Bian Wu, Neha Rani, Danielle S. Bassett, Ugo Borello, Cyril Huissoud, Richard H. Goodman, Colette Dehay, Kenneth S. Kosik. Major nonprimate-primate differences in corticogenesis include the dimensions, precursor lineages, and developmental timing of the germinal zones (GZs). microRNAs (miRNAs) of laser-dissected GZ co....

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  • Delta Opioid Receptors Presynaptically Regulate Cutaneous Mechanosensory Neuron Input to the Spinal Cord Dorsal Horn

    27th Feb 14

    Rita Bardoni, Vivianne L. Tawfik, Dong Wang, Amaury François, Carlos Solorzano, Scott A. Shuster, Papiya Choudhury, Chiara Betelli, Colleen Cassidy, Kristen Smith, Joriene C. de Nooij, Françoise Mennicken, Dajan O’Donnell, Brigitte L. Kieffer, C. Jeffrey Woodbury, Allan I. Basbaum, Amy B. MacDermott, Grégory Scherrer. Cutaneous mechanosensory neurons detect mechanical stimuli that generate touch and pain sensation. Although opioids are generally associated only with the control of pain, here we report that the ....

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  • Feb. 21, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    22nd Feb 14

    - U.S. dominance in science faces Asian challenge - Dispute over the future of basic research in Canada - E.U. postpones Horizon 2020 talks with Switzerland after immigration vote - Pentagon considers using electricity to stimulate troops' brains - Parkinson's human trial suspended - Request for Information (RFI): Soliciting input on planned extramural training activities relevant to data reproducibility - U.S. biomedical research: We must reverse a decade of neglect - Opinions about scientific advances blur party-political lines

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  • Register for the Upcoming Neuroscience Departments and Programs Webinar

    21st Feb 14

    The March 13 webinar will present three examples of programs that have strengthened their ability to enhance diversity in their scientific programs and the lessons they have learned along the way. The program is presented by SfN’s Committee on Neuroscience Departments and Programs.

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  • NMDA Receptor-Dependent Multidendrite Ca2+ Spikes Required for Hippocampal Burst Firing In Vivo

    20th Feb 14

    Christine Grienberger, Xiaowei Chen, Arthur Konnerth. High-frequency bursts of action potentials (APs) are a distinctive form of signaling in various types of mammalian central neurons. In CA1 hippocampal pyramidal neurons in vivo, such complex spike....

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  • A Transcription Factor Network Coordinates Attraction, Repulsion, and Adhesion Combinatorially to Control Motor Axon Pathway Selection

    20th Feb 14

    Aref Arzan Zarin, Jamshid Asadzadeh, Karsten Hokamp, Daniel McCartney, Long Yang, Greg J. Bashaw, Juan-Pablo Labrador. Combinations of transcription factors (TFs) instruct precise wiring patterns in the developing nervous system; however, how these factors impinge on surface molecules that control guidance decisio....

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  • Feb. 14, 2014 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News

    15th Feb 14

    - Harper unveils new fund for Canadian research excellence - Swiss vote to curb immigration could hamper research - Bill to keep scientific research from public view to be heard on Monday - 'No target' in UK animal tests plan - Might brain implants help restore memory loss from combat injuries? - Why so munchy? Cannabis shown to ramp up sense of smell - Science at the sharp end of oppressive politics

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  • Apply for FENS Summer School 2014

    10th Jan 14

    Applications are being accepted for the FENS-SfN summer school on “Neurodevelopmental Psychiatric Disorders” until February 3.

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  • Apply for Travel Awards to the FENS Forum in Milan

    19th Dec 13

    North American graduate students and postdoctoral candidates can apply to receive a $2,000 stipend to help cover the cost of attending the forum.

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  • NeurOnLine: Let's Talk Neuroscience

    7th Aug 13

    Voice your opinion and keep up with colleagues on NeurOnLine, an online community where thousands of neuroscience professionals network, collaborate, and share ideas.

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  • Connect with SfN Colleagues and Peers with the NeurOnLine Mobile App

    5th Aug 13

    SfN is pleased to introduce the mobile app for NeurOnLine.

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