Will Neuroscience and Law Collide?

July 19, 2016

In his neuroethics lecture at the recent FENS forum, Steven Hyman described how what scientists have learned about conditions like schizophrenia and addiction suggests that they may strip a person’s agency, or “free will.” But data so far don’t yet reach the bar that law demands. 

A Bird’s Eye View of Sensory Perception

July 1, 2016

Q&A with Carl Petersen, head of the Laboratory of Sensory Processing at L’ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), who delivered the European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB) / Max Cowan Special Lecture at the 10th FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Copenhagen. 

 

Growth Charts for Brain Development?

June 27, 2016

An early, prospective study suggests that pinpointing where children are on a scale of brain connectivity could tell doctors which child is at risk of developing problems.

The Sticking Power of Amyloid

June 21, 2016

Human tests on drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease by clearing amyloid beta clumps have shown mixed results at best. Some researchers now think prevention may be more feasible than cure.

Can Strong Communities Build Resilience in Military Children?

June 14, 2016

Research presented at the recent Pediatric Academic Societies meeting suggests that the number of mental-health diagnoses among children with parents in the military has increased in the past decade. Other research suggests that coordinated medical care and specific social supports might help all children thrive.

Seeking Answers to Addiction

June 9, 2016

Many of the presenters at the recent Aspen Brain Forum focused on the vulnerable period of adolescence, looking for markers of those most at risk.

The Neuroscience of Bedtime

May 24, 2016

Chronically rising too early or too late can lead to health troubles. 

Depression, the Placebo Effect, and the Brain

May 9, 2016

People who react strongly to placebos also react strongly to antidepressants, and vice versa, according to new research. Splitting clinical trials by reactor/nonreactor might help researchers better test a potential drug’s effectiveness.

How Zika Virus Affects the Developing Brain

May 2, 2016

After crossing the placenta, the virus appears to kill the radial glia, the ‘founder’ stem cells that generate all cell types in the cortex.

Investigating Connectivity

April 20, 2016

Researchers share progress on the effects of altering synaptic connections in the brain at a symposium at the New York Academy of Sciences.

Team Science

April 7, 2016

By sharing information and combining data on psychiatric disorders, “we’re starting to nail down some real findings—reliable genetic associations that are meaningful, consistent, and measurable,” says one researcher.

‘Mini-Brains’ in the Works

March 31, 2016

Tiny clumps of reprogrammed cells that send impulses to one another could prove fertile testing ground for brain researchers and toxicologists.

Depression: Treatment Beyond Medication

March 23, 2016

The American College of Physicians has issued a new clinical practice guideline suggesting that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an equally viable choice to treat adults with depression.

The Search for the Signature of Depression

March 15, 2016

Using longitudinal studies of families and brain imaging of children, researchers find potential biomarkers of risk.

Cholesterol-Regulating Enzyme is a Promising New Target for Alzheimer's Prevention

March 8, 2016

The Idol enzyme, first considered a target for preventing heart disease, also appears to influence the amount of harmful plaques in the brain.

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