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Wake up microglia! How brain state regulates immune cells

Historically, neuroscience focused on neurons, the functional cellular units of communication in the brain. However, exciting recent advances in microscopy have revealed the importance of many other cell types in essential brain functions. Amongst these supporting players in the brain are microglia, the immune cells... click to read more

  • Rianne Stowell | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Rochester Medical Center, New York, USA
Views 485
Reading time 3 min
published on Sep 9, 2020
The biological reality of psychosomatic disease

The idea that our brains influence our physical and mental health is both commonplace and somewhat taboo. We've heard that exercise can cheer us up, and stress can make us queasy, but the placebo effect "fools" us into getting well. Such mind-body connections, essential for... click to read more

  • Richard P. Dum | Professor at Systems Neuroscience Center, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and Departments of Neurobiology University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute, Pittsburgh, USA
  • David J. Levinthal | Professor at University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, USA
  • Peter L. Strick | Professor at Systems Neuroscience Center, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and Departments of Neurobiology University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute, Pittsburgh, USA
Views 656
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 12, 2020
Genes that influence handedness alter brain architecture

For at least 10,000 years, approximately 90% of humans have preferred using the right hand over the left. The question of why about one in ten people are left-handed has fascinated scientists for centuries, but no clear answer has yet emerged. We already knew that genetic... click to read more

  • Akira Wiberg | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Gwenaëlle Douaud | Associate Professor at University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Dominic Furniss | Associate Professor at University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Views 573
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 10, 2020
How machine intelligence helps in translating the neural code

When we look at the world before us, we experience a unified scene of shapes and colors. But individual neurons in our brain do not. They are microscopic automata that can only emit electrical impulses when specific shape patterns appear in their little territory of... click to read more

  • Carlos Ponce | Professor at Washington University at St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, United States
Views 1824
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 11, 2020
On where altruistic behaviour can be found in our brain

We, human beings, are made in a way as to understand each other through external features, such as voice tone, facial expression and body language. All this information together with the natural context allows us to quickly and intuitively interpret the behaviour of others, their... click to read more

  • Anatoly Kozlov | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Genetics & Evolution, Section of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 1858
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 4, 2020