Cambridge scientists reverse ageing process in rat brain stem cells

New research reveals how increasing brain stiffness as we age causes brain stem cell dysfunction, and demonstrates new ways to reverse older stem cells to a younger, healthier state. 

Cambridge University News | Aug. 14, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: multiple-sclerosis-ms stem-cells brain spotlight-on-neuroscience

Prenatal parental stress linked to behaviour problems in toddlers

Expectant parents’ emotional struggles predict emotional and behavioural problems in 2-year-olds, new research shows. The same study reveals, for the first time, that couple conflict helps explain emotional problems in very young children.

Cambridge University News | Aug. 6, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: children parents spotlight-on-neuroscience

High levels of oestrogen in the womb linked to autism

Scientist have identified a link between exposure to high levels of oestrogen sex hormones in the womb and the likelihood of developing autism. The findings are published today in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

Cambridge University News | July 29, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience children autism hormone

Autistic adults experience high rates of negative life events

Autistic adults are vulnerable to many types of negative life experience, including employment difficulties, financial hardship, domestic abuse and ‘mate-crime’, according to new research published today in the journal Autism Research.

Cambridge University News | July 5, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience autism

Problematic smartphone use linked to poorer grades, alcohol misuse and more sexual partners

A survey of more than 3,400 university students in the USA has found that one in five respondents reported problematic smartphone use. Female students were more likely be affected and problematic smartphone use was associated with lower grade averages, mental health problems and higher numbers of sexual partners.

Cambridge University News | July 4, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience spotlight-on-public-health smartphone addiction

Genetic variation linked to response to anxiety could inform personalised therapies

A new study in marmoset monkeys suggests that individual variation in genes alters our ability to regulate emotions, providing new insights that could help in the development of personalised therapies to tackle anxiety and depression.

Cambridge University News | July 1, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience genetics anxiety animal-research

Scientists identify possible source of the ‘Uncanny Valley’ in the brain

Scientists have identified mechanisms in the human brain that could help explain the phenomenon of the ‘Uncanny Valley’ – the unsettling feeling we get from robots and virtual agents that are too human-like. They have also shown that some people respond more adversely to human-like agents than others.

Cambridge University News | July 1, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: spotlight-on-artificial-intelligence spotlight-on-neuroscience robotics

Virtual reality can spot navigation problems in early Alzheimer’s disease

Virtual reality (VR) can identify early Alzheimer’s disease more accurately than ‘gold standard’ cognitive tests currently in use, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News | May 24, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: spotlight-on-future-therapeutics virtual-reality spotlight-on-neuroscience alzheimers-disease

Study identifies our ‘inner pickpocket’

Researchers have identified how the human brain is able to determine the properties of a particular object using purely statistical information: a result which suggests there is an ‘inner pickpocket’ in all of us.

Cambridge University News | May 21, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: brain neuroscience spotlight-on-neuroscience engineering

New approach to drug discovery could lead to personalised treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders

Researchers have developed a method that could drastically accelerate the search for new drugs to treat mental health disorders such as schizophrenia.

Cambridge University News | May 8, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: neuroscience spotlight-on-neuroscience drug-discovery schizophrenia psychiatry

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