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Widely used calcium imaging protocol can lead to spurious results, new paper cautions

The technique, which measures calcium currents as a proxy for neuronal firing, sometimes reports unusual and potentially misleading waves of activity in the hippocampus.

By Angie Voyles Askham
19 June 2024 | 0 min watch
Research image of neurons in a small section of the hippocampus.

Tail of hippocampus may be hub for seizures in mice and people

This little-studied subregion, called the fasciola cinereum, could be a new surgical target for people with treatment-resistant epilepsy.

By Shaena Montanari
14 June 2024 | 4 min read
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RNA drug corrects calcium signaling in chimeric model of Timothy syndrome

The drug, tested in rats that have human neurons, could enter clinical testing as early as next year, researchers say.

By Katie Moisse
24 April 2024 | 5 min read
Top down view of a slice of a rat brain connected to an output camera.

On a bold mission to re-engineer brain parts

A European consortium is on a quest to restore typical brain activity in people with epilepsy, using a mash-up of custom organoids, microelectronics and artificial intelligence.

By Rebecca Horne
24 January 2024 | 1 min read
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From a scientist’s perspective: The Transmitter’s top five essays in 2023

From big-picture debates about theories and terms to practical tips for teaching and writing, our favorite expert-written articles offer a glimpse into what neuroscientists are thinking.

By The Transmitter
25 December 2023 | 3 min read
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Is the brain uncontrollable, like the weather?

The brain may be chaotic. Does that mean our efforts to control it are doomed?

By Nicole Rust
18 December 2023 | 10 min read
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New template streamlines sharing clinical trial results

This month’s Going on Trial newsletter explores a new tool for communicating with clinical trial participants and their families, among other drug development news.

By Calli McMurray
31 October 2023 | 7 min read
A research image of a mouse hippocampus

Some social issues in DYRK1A model mice stem from faulty inhibitory circuits

Alterations in inhibitory circuits and difficulties in social recognition characterize mice missing one copy of DYRK1A, a gene linked to autism.

By Giorgia Guglielmi
11 October 2023 | 4 min read
Photograph of a gloved hand pointing to a computer screen that is displaying an image of a mouse brain.
Interneurons Microphone

Uncertainty and excitement surround one company’s cell therapy for epilepsy

After 10 years of work, Neurona may have the data to quiet its skeptics. But its ongoing clinical trial will be the ultimate test.

By Angie Voyles Askham
5 October 2023 | 19 min listen
Research images of protein synthesis in mice.

Neuronal deafness to stress may add to protein surplus in fragile X

A protective pathway that pauses protein synthesis is muted in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome, according to a new study.

By Holly Barker
29 August 2023 | 3 min listen

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