neurochemistry

12/27/2011 - 07:58

When you experience a new event, your brain encodes a memory of it by altering the connections between neurons. This requires turning on many genes in those neurons. Now, MIT neuroscientists have identified what may be a master gene that controls this complex process.
 

11/21/2011 - 11:14

The human brain is bombarded with a cacophony of information from the eyes, ears, nose, mouth and skin. Now a team of scientists at the University of Rochester, Washington University in St. Louis, and Baylor College of Medicine has unraveled how the brain manages to process those complex, rapidly changing, and often conflicting sensory signals to make sense of our world.

07/20/2011 - 08:02

Inherited forms of Alzheimer’s disease may be detectable as many as 20 years before problems with memory and thinking develop, scientists will report July 20, 2011, at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease in Paris. Identifying Alzheimer’s in its earliest stages is a top priority for researchers. Many think that by the time symptoms become apparent, Alzheimer’s disease has already damaged the brain extensively, making it difficult or impossible to restore memory and other mental abilities.