Alzheimer’s plaque emerges early and deep in the brain

Clumps of amyloid protein emerge early in deep regions, such as the mammillary body, and march outward in the brain along specific circuits.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute | Oct. 8, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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Study finds hub linking movement and motivation in the brain

Detailed observations in the lateral septum indicate region processes movement and reward information to help direct behavior.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory | Sept. 19, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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New method classifies brain cells based on electrical signals

Making electrophysiology more informative, team shows how to distinguish four classes of cells by spike waveform.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute | Aug. 22, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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How brain cells pick which connections to keep

Novel study shows protein CPG15 acts as a molecular proxy of experience to mark synapses for stabilization.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory | Aug. 6, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

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Speeding up drug discovery for brain diseases

Whitehead Institute team finds drugs that activate a key brain gene; initial tests in cells and mice show promise for rare, untreatable neurodevelopmental disorder.

Nicole Davis | July 31, 2019 | mit
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Why visual stimulation may work against Alzheimer’s

New findings help explain the surprising discovery that exposure to flickering light reduces amyloid plaques in mice.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | May 7, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

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Study reveals how glial cells may play key epilepsy role

Mutation in disease model flies undermines maintenance of key ion balance.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute | May 2, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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Alumnus gives MIT $4.5 million to establish the Broderick Fund for Phytocannabinoid Research

Gifts to MIT and Harvard Medical School totaling $9 million will fund independent research on cannabinoid’s influence on brain health and behavior.

School of Science | April 30, 2019 | mit
~11 mins   

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Brain wave stimulation may improve Alzheimer’s symptoms

Noninvasive treatment improves memory and reduces amyloid plaques in mice.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | March 14, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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