Scientists find a new way to reverse symptoms of Fragile X

Drug compound, tested in mice, could be effective in treating the leading heritable cause of intellectual disability and autism.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 20, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: research medicine autism brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute broad-institute school-of-science

Study finds that aging neurons accumulate DNA damage

Reactivating an enzyme that promotes DNA repair can help to reverse age-related cognitive decline in mice.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 18, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: research neuroscience alzheimers aging brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih

Optogenetics with SOUL

The Feng lab has developed a next-generation optogenetic system for non-invasive stimulation of neurons.

Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
May 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: mcgovern-institute brain-and-cognitive-sciences school-of-science optogenetics research neuroscience

SHERLOCK-based one-step test provides rapid and sensitive Covid-19 detection

New CRISPR-based research tool delivers results in an hour; researchers share protocol and kits to advance research and move toward clinical validation.

Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
May 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: research covid-19 medicine pandemic health-science-and-technology brain-and-cognitive-sciences school-of-science broad-institute crispr viruses dna public-health


Examining the social impact of Covid-19

Survey from the Saxe Lab aims to measure the toll of social isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Julie Pryor | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
April 21, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: mcgovern-institute brain-and-cognitive-sciences school-of-science research covid-19 pandemic community psychology social-networks technology-and-society mental-health wellbeing

Researchers achieve remote control of hormone release

Using magnetic nanoparticles, scientists stimulate the adrenal gland in rodents to control release of hormones linked to stress.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: research mental-health materials-science-and-engineering dmse brain-and-cognitive-sciences mcgovern-institute research-laboratory-of-electronics school-of-science school-of-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology

Neuroscientists find memory cells that help us interpret new situations

Neurons that store abstract representations of past experiences are activated when a new, similar event takes place.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: research memory brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute school-of-science neuroscience

How dopamine drives brain activity

A specialized MRI sensor reveals the neurotransmitter’s influence on neural activity throughout the brain.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: research brain-and-cognitive-sciences learning memory magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri neuroscience mcgovern-institute school-of-science school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih

Engineers 3D print soft, rubbery brain implants

Technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
March 30, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: 3-d-printing biological-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering electronics mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering neuroscience brain-and-cognitive-sciences

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