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December, 2016

Finding the Hurt in Pain

Pain is unique to every person, and difficult to quantify and treat. Our author examines how brain imaging is opening our eyes to the richness and complexity of the pain experience, giving us extraordinary insight into the neurochemistry, network activity, wiring, and structures relevant to producing and modulating painful experiences in all their various guises. Read More...

December, 2016

Shane O’Mara’s Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation

Shane O’Mara’s new book casts morality aside to examine whether torture produces reliable information. He reviews existing research in psychology and neuroscience to highlight the impact of torture methods on brain function. Read More...

November, 2016

Understanding the Terrorist Mind

(Listen to Q&A with Emile Bruneau, Ph.D.)
Are terrorists mentally ill or do they rationally weigh the costs and benefits of their actions and conclude that terrorism is profitable? Our author traces recent advances in using imaging and experimental research to determine what motivates monstrous acts. Read More...

October, 2016

The Evolving View of Astrocytes

(Listen to Q&A with Philip G. Haydon, Ph.D.)
Scientists have found that one type of glial cell that is prevalent in the cortex—the astrocyte—may play a role in sleep, learning, and memory. Read More...

October, 2016

Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s Advice for a Young Investigator

An accomplished young investigator takes a fresh look at an 1897 classic by Santiago Ramón y Cajal, a mythic figure in science and recognized as the father of modern anatomy and neurobiology. Read More...

September, 2016

The Human Connectome Project: Progress and Prospects

(Listen to Q&A with David Van Essen, Ph.D., and Matthew Glasser, Ph.D.)
As the first phase of one of the most ambitious projects in the history of neuroscience comes to a close, one early and influential leader and his younger colleague explain its evolution and underpinnings. Read More...

August, 2016

Making Mental Health a Global Priority

At a conference in April in Washington, D.C., the World Bank Group (WBG), together with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners kick-started a call to action to governments, international partners, health professionals, and others to find ways to find solutions to a rising global mental health problem. Read More...

July, 2016

Drinking Water and the Developing Brain

(Listen to Q&A with Ellen K. Silbergeld, Ph.D.)
While the problem of unsafe tap water in Flint, Michigan fueled outrage and better awareness in regard to the hazards of lead in tap water, the problem has existed in city after city for years in the US and in other countries. Our article examines the potentially harmful contaminants that have yet to be evaluated, much less regulated, as they pertain to brain development. Read More...

June, 2016

The Neuro Funding Rollercoaster

(Listen to Q&A with Harry M. Tracy, Ph.D.)
Advances that have the potential to affect the quality of life for millions of people are very much dependent on the wild fluctuations of research and development funding from private and corporate lenders for cognitive neuroscience. Read More...

May, 2016

A New Approach for Epilepsy

(Listen to Q&A with Raymond Dingledine, Ph.D., and Bjørnar Hassel, M.D., Ph.D.)
A new study has found that inhibiting an enzyme that is critical in metabolic communication has an anti-seizure effect in epileptic mice. These findings may very well initiate a shift to new therapeutic approaches for the many people who suffer from seizures and convulsions and who are treatment-resistant. Read More...

April, 2016

David Casarett’s Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana

David Casarett immerses himself in the culture, science, and smoke of medical marijuana in order to sort out the truth behind the buzz. Our reviewer, who has authored more than 120 research papers and reviews on the regulation of synaptic inhibition and endocannabinoids, tell us what the author got right, but also overlooked on his journey to learn more about a complex and controversial subject. Read More...

April, 2016

Imaging the Neural Symphony

(Read Q&A with Karel Svoboda, Ph.D.)
Since the start of the new millennium, a method called two-photon microscopy has allowed scientists to peer farther into the brain than ever before. Our article describes the advances that led to this remarkable breakthrough—one that is helping neuroscientists better understand neural networks. Read More...

March, 2016

The Malignant Protein Puzzle

(Read Q&A with Lary C. Walker Ph.D.)
Studying how proteins such as PrP, amyloid beta, tau, and others aggregate and spread, and kill brain cells, represents a crucial new frontier in neuroscience for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, CTE, and ALS. Read More...

February, 2016

John Seamon’s Memory & Movies: What Films Can Teach Us about Memory

From trauma to amnesia to senior moments, memory has been a major plot line in films since the 1942 classic, Random Harvest. John Seamon, an author and professor of psychology whose research includes how a camera aids memory and the impact of storytelling on memory, has shifted his lens to focus on how memory has been portrayed in one of the world’s most beloved art forms. Read More...

February, 2016

Lithium to the Rescue

(Read Q&A with Richard S. Jope, Ph.D.)
The element lithium is given in capsule form as a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder and depression. New research, however, reveals its role as a neuroprotector, and suggests that enzymes modulated by lithium could lead to new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and other neurodegenerative disorders. Read More...

January, 2016

The Changing Face of Recreational Drug Use

(Read Q&A with Michael H. Baumann, Ph.D.)
Recent data indicate that 540 different drugs classified as new psychoactive substances (NPS) have been identified worldwide as of 2014, and this number is expected to rise. Our article describes the complexity of the NPS problem, what is known about the molecular mechanisms of action, and highlights some of the considerable challenges in dealing with this emerging issue. Read More...

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Pierre J. Magistretti, M.D., Ph.D., University of Lausanne Medical School and Hospital
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Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D., The Rockefeller University
Donald Price, M.D., The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Cerebrum Anthology 2015

Cerebrum Anthology 2015 thumbnailThe inspiring ideas and extraordinary challenges facing some of the great minds in brain science make up this seventh annual volume. Expert perspectives into the causes and aging and cognitive decline, the abuse of prescription narcotics, and how inspiring narrative affects the brain alongside timely articles and book reviews about the tau protein; the risks of marijuana use; and progress concerning schizophrenia.
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