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Microfluid device can control neurons and delivery drugs wirelessly.

A team of researchers from Washington University, National Institutes of Health and University of Illinois have developed a wireless device the width of a human hair that can be implanted in the brain and activated by remote control to deliver drugs.  704 more words


In 'Self/less,' a man cheats death by transferring his mind to another body — here's how close we are to making that reality

July 16, 2015

In the new movie “Self/less,” which comes out Friday, July 10, a wealthy man dying of cancer (played by Ben Kingsley) cheats death by transferring his consciousness to the body of a younger man (Ryan Reynolds). 1,095 more words


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Depression Reversed in Mice

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Donna O’Donnell Figurski

NOTE: This news is especially important for young brain-injury survivors because clinical application may take 10-20 years. 444 more words

Donna O'Donnell Figurski

Optogenetic Restoration of Motor Function After Spinal Cord Injury

Mr. Peter Grahn, a third-year student in the neurobiology of disease track at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, illuminates an article he coauthored appearing in the February 2015 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, where he describes a rapidly developing innovation for stimulating or inhibiting neurons that may provide selective restoration of function in patients with spinal cord injury. 186 more words

Chronic Spinal Cord Injury Research

Optogenetics: Controlling the Brain with Light

What if we could suddenly cease cravings caused by addiction or turn off feelings of depression with the flip of a switch? To better understand “one of the hottest areas of neuroscience research,” the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) welcomed three guests to discuss the latest developments in the field of optogenetics. 249 more words


New science: Does positive thinking cure depression?

Last Thursday, an article published in the internationally renowned journal Nature piqued my interest. This paper, titled “Activating Positive Memory Engrams Suppresses Depression-like Behavior… 2,082 more words


Lost memories aren’t gone forever; they are just inaccessible

Amnesia remains a controversial subject in the field of neuroscience, with majority of the researchers arguing that it occurs when cells are damaged and memory cannot be stored; while others believe that the memories are simply blocked and cannot be recalled. 640 more words