To Chatham native Meaghan Creed, the brain is a puzzle. Her quest for solutions has taken her to Switzerland and now Maryland. Creed, 30, is turning heads with her research into addiction. Currently an assistant professor in pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, she recently earned the Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation. […]
The seventeenth International Congress of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) — with “transition” as its central theme — was held in Geneva in July 2017 with nearly 1,400 psychiatrists in attendance. The congress received substantial backing from SYNAPSY, which sponsored eleven symposia. SYNAPSY looks back on this year’s congress with Stephan […]
A patient with severe attention deficit is playing a video game. The goal is to pilot a Space shuttle with the brain by means of an electrode placed in the parietal region. As the game progresses, the patient player is learning how to control his own cerebral rhythm through the feedback given on the screen: […]
Last June, Claudia Bagni received the Pavoncella Award for the Scientific Creativity for her research work on synaptic plasticity and neurodevelopmental disorders. The prize reward Italian and non-Italian women around the world for their creativity and excellence in art, literature, journalism, business, science and social activities.
By Sophie Weiner @ Popular Mechanics How can we understand the insanely complex mess of information that’s constantly buzzing inside our brain? With 100 billion neurons in the average human brain, and 100 trillion connections between them, there isn’t an easy answer. Neuroscientists today use MRIs and other brain scans to see where blood and […]
Schizophrenia patients often experience an altered sense of self, for example, as if someone else is controlling their actions. This impairment is described as a deficit in the “sense of agency”, and while it has been well established and linked to problems with sensorimotor brain signals, another category has been left unexplored: the “sense of […]
Researchers demonstrate how some genes evolved from an immune function to an olfactory role in some mammals. Mammals possess several lines of defense against microbes. One of them is activated when receptors called Fprs, which are present on immune cells, bind to specific molecules that are linked to pathogens. Researchers at the University of Geneva […]