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The Brain

With 86 billion nerve cells connected in more than 100 trillion ways, the human brain is a marvel of biology and engineering. It is the home of thoughts, perceptions, and behaviors as well as the command center for vital bodily functions. Researchers are developing technologies to better understand how the brain works and to address devastating diseases and disorders that disrupt its function. 

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Optogenetics: Illuminating the Brain

Posted on: March 12, 2013

 

Optogenetics: Illuminating the Brain - Imagine being able to treat and control debilitating neurological disorders with a flash of light! The emerging field of optogenetics represents a promising new approach to the eventual understanding and treatment of a number of devastating neurological and psychiatric disorders. A word first coined in 2006, optogenetics uses light-responsive proteins, genetically introduced into the cells of living organisms, to control the behavior of highly specific cell populations.  Download the PDF or listen to the podcast below:


FASEB Releases New Breakthroughs in Bioscience Article Titled "Conquering Pain and Infection With Drugs From Nature's Medicine Cabinet"

Posted on: July 12, 2012

 

Conquering Pain and Infection with Drugs from Nature's Medicine Cabinet - Seventy percent of our drugs for pain and infection are either derived from or inspired by natural products of rainforests and other ecosystems. These medicinal compounds have dramatically improved quality of life and significantly extended the human lifespan. Through decades of basic research to identify new drugs and unravel the underlying mechanisms of action, researchers are developing newer, more powerful therapies.  Download the PDF or listen to the podcast below:


Building Electronic Bridges to Bionics: The Basic Science of Neural Prosthetics

Posted on: March 15, 2008

 

Building Electronic Bridges to Bionics: The Basic Science of Neural Prosthetics - The development of neural prosthetics which can help restore hearing sight and movement to those who have lost these functions is a culmination of centuries of basic research.  Read more...

 


Science, Serotonin, and Sadness: The Biology of Antidepressants

Posted on: September 15, 2007

 

Science, Serotonin, and Sadness: The Biology of Antidepressants -Basic research into the fundamental functions of the brain transformed our understanding of depression into a treatable, biological condition.  Read more...

 


Magnetic Resonance Imaging: From Atomic Physics to Visualization, Understanding and Treatment of Brain Disorders

Posted on: March 15, 1998

 

Magnetic Resonance Imaging: From Atomic Physics to Visualization, Understanding and Treatment of Brain Disorders -MRI is now an invaluable, noninvasive tool in the diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders. Researchers learned how to refine and interpret MRI images based on work done with animal models.  Read more...