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New Kinds of Brain Cells Revealed

August 10, 2017

New Kinds of Brain Cells Revealed

Under a microscope, it can be hard to tell the difference between any two neurons, the brain cells that store and process information. So scientists have turned to molecular methods to try to identify groups of neurons with different functions. Salk Institute and University of California San Diego scientists have profiled chemical modifications of DNA molecules in individual neurons, giving the most detailed information yet on what makes one brain cell different from its neighbor. This is a critical step in beginning to identify how many types of neurons exist, which has eluded neuroscientists but could lead to a dramatically better understanding about brain development and dysfunction.

Read more – Salk News

Towards a High-Resolution, Implantable Neural Interface

DARPA – July 10, 2017

Towards a High-Resolution, Implantable Neural Interface

DARPA has awarded contracts to five research organizations and one company that will support the Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program: Brown University; Columbia University; Fondation Voir et Entendre (The Seeing and Hearing Foundation); John B. Pierce Laboratory; Paradromics, Inc.; and the University of California, Berkeley. These organizations have formed teams to develop the fundamental research and component technologies required to pursue the NESD vision of a high-resolution neural interface and integrate them to create and demonstrate working systems able to support potential future therapies for sensory restoration. Four of the teams will focus on vision and two will focus on aspects of hearing and speech.

Read More – DARPA

‘Your Brain on Art’ Conference to Explore the Physiological Side of Creativity

By Kathy Pretz – August 11, 2017

'Your Brain on Art' Conference to Explore the Physiological Side of Creativity

An imaginative mind generates ideas that can lead to breakthroughs, but the creative process is still a mystery. Investigating what happens in the brain during that process is a focus of the International Conference on Mobile Brain-Body Imaging and Neuroscience of Art, Innovation, and Creativity. Known as the Your Brain on Art conference, the event is scheduled for 10 to 13 September in Valencia, Spain. IEEE Brain is one of the technical sponsors.

Read More – The Institute

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