New Brain Mapping Technique Reveals Circuitry of Parkinson’s Disease Tremors

by Tom Abate – January 26, 2017

New Brain Mapping Technique Reveals Circuitry of Parkinson’s Disease Tremors

If a piece of electronics isn’t working, troubleshooting the problem often involves probing the flow of electricity through the various components of the circuit to locate any faulty parts. Stanford bioengineer and neuroscientist Jin Hyung Lee, who studies Parkinson’s disease, has adapted that idea to diseases of the brain, creating a new way to turn on specific types of neurons in order to observe how this affects the whole brain.

Read more – Stanford News

Special Issue: Advanced Technologies for Brain Research

Proceedings of the IEEE
January 2017

Guest Editors Metin Akay, Paul Sajda, Silvestro Micera, Jose M. Carmena

Special Issue: Advanced Technologies for Brain Research (Proceedings of the IEEE, January 2017)

This special issue will serve to increase the public awareness and foster discussions on the multiple worldwide BRAIN initiatives, both within and outside the IEEE, providing an impetus for development of long-term cost-effective healthcare solutions. The topics presented across the 9 papers in this special issue will serve as scientific evidence for health and policy advocates of the value of neurotechnologies for improving the neurological and mental health and well-being of the general population.

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Brain Scanners Allow Scientists to ‘Read Minds’ – Could They Enable a ‘Big Brother’ Future?

by Julia Gottwald and Barbara Sahakian – February 9, 2017

Brain Scanners Allow Scientists to Read Minds

There is now a technology that enables us to “read the mind” with growing accuracy: functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). It measures brain activity indirectly by tracking changes in blood flow – making it possible for neuroscientists to observe the brain in action. How far can – and should – this research take us?

Read More – The Conversation

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