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Toxic brain cells are a new target for treating neurodegeneration

After decades of research into the causes of neurodegenerative diseases, there is still no cure. Instead of focusing on the neurons that die in these diseases, they may be treatable by blocking the metamorphosis of helpful support cells into toxic support cells, or by pharmaceutically... click to read more

  • Shane A. Liddelow | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Neurobiology, Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford, California 94305, USA
Views 371
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 24, 2017
The power of our adaptive immunity against Alzheimer’s Disease

One of the fears that arise with aging is being afflicted with dementia. Alzheimer’s disease (simply ”Alzheimer” from now onwards) is the most common type of dementia worldwide, representing up to 60% of total cases of dementia in western countries. Alzheimer is a serious world-health... click to read more

  • Daniele Guido | PhD student at Department of Cell Physiology and Metabolism, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 314
Reading time 3 min
published on May 10, 2017
Hacking the tryptophan metabolic process to reduce neurodegeneration

Oats, dried prunes, tuna fish, milk, chicken, bread, peanuts, and chocolate are fabulous foods that enrich our everyday meals. But apart from their culinary properties, they are also great sources of tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid which is used by cells either as a... click to read more

  • Carlo Breda | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
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Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 25, 2017
Our internal fight against loneliness

"A guy needs somebody -- to be near him... A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody."
Of Mice & Men, John Steinbeck. As social creatures, all aspects of our daily lives are powerfully shaped by our social experiences. The social bonds that we... click to read more

  • Gillian Matthews | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Simons Center for the Social Brain, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA
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Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 9, 2017
How to print a brain - the initial steps

To understand the biological processes that take part within living organisms, and also as an alternative method to animal experimentation, researchers are trying to develop new models that mimic real tissues and organs, and that behave as the real ones. This field of research, tissue... click to read more

  • Nieves Cubo | PhD student at Faculty of Pharmacy, University Complutense of Madrid, Spanish National Research Council, Madrid, Spain
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Nov 8, 2016