The Drosophila Odyssey: Spartin Insight into Troyer Syndrome
Neuro News / Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

The Drosophila Odyssey: Spartin Insight into Troyer Syndrome

We are all guilty of cursing at those pesky fruit flies that annoy us as they zip around the room just out of reach of being swatted.  Rarely, it seems, do we think about the incredible genetic insight lying within the genome of these microscopic menaces.  Drosophila melanogaster (the species name for the fruit fly) … Continue reading

From Turkey Comas To New Disease Treatments
Neuro News / Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders / Sleep

From Turkey Comas To New Disease Treatments

Neurodegenerative disorders, like Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s disease, are devastating.  As you can imagine, witnessing the slow and progressive loss of a loved one’s mental and emotional states is an extremely painful and heartbreaking experience.  Currently, there are no cures for neurodegenerative diseases, and the drugs that are available only alleviate symptoms, without slowing the progression … Continue reading

Of Grandfathers, Fathers, and Children: The Coming-of-Age of Autism
Brain Development / Neuro News / Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

Of Grandfathers, Fathers, and Children: The Coming-of-Age of Autism

Genetics, although ostensibly complicated, is all around us. In our immediate social circle, we often come across genetics at display. Some examples are obvious: The kids wear glasses because both parents wear them. But others are not as straightforward: How is the daughter so tall when both parents are short? These inexplicable traits are often … Continue reading

New Microscope Helps Neuroscientists Ask New Questions
Did You Know? / Neuroscience Technologies

New Microscope Helps Neuroscientists Ask New Questions

Last week, President Obama announced the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a 10-year project to map the human brain.  President Obama introduced BRAIN as a way of encouraging neuroscientists to develop new technologies to study how neurons within the brain communicate with each other. New technologies are essential to helping neuroscientists ask new questions … Continue reading

Forming Memories, One Neuron at a Time
Did You Know? / Learning and Memory / Movement / Sensation and Perception

Forming Memories, One Neuron at a Time

On Monday, Knowing Neurons highlighted a recent research article that described a new miniature microscope that was small enough to sit on a mouse’s head and light enough to allow it to move freely!  This technology represents a great advancement for the field of neuroscience in general and place cell research, specifically!  For the first … Continue reading