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Heart Disease And Brain Blood Flow Regulation: Prelude To Dementia

The brain regulates changes in its own blood flow depending on how active its cells (neurons) are, by a mechanism called neurovascular coupling. When neurons become active, they send messages to nearby blood vessels causing them to dilate and bring in more blood. This increased... click to read more

  • Osman Shabir | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Views 790
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 25, 2022
Solving the puzzle behind COVID-19 induced smell loss

Smell is one of the fundamental senses in life: responsible for the recognition of environmental hazards, such as gas leaks, smoke inhalation, and spoiled foods, and yet also essential to our ability to enjoy meals beyond simple nourishment, appreciate the scents that define our environment,... click to read more

  • Marianna Zazhytska | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind, and Brain and Behavior Institute, Columbia University, New York, USA
  • Jonathan B. Overdevest | Assistant Professor at Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind, and Brain and Behavior Institute, Columbia University, New York, USA
Views 513
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 18, 2022
Why Women Are Predisposed to Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a brain disorder that progressively damages memory and thinking capabilities, eventually leading to losing the ability to communicate and carry out the daily activities. The prevalence of AD is significantly higher in women compared to men; more than two thirds of... click to read more

  • Keqiang Ye | Professor at Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT), Chinese Academy of Science, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Views 1166
Reading time 4 min
published on Jun 17, 2022
Thinking about thoughts: how the brain evaluates confidence

Do you want to marry your partner? Do you want to quit your job? And perhaps more importantly, how sure are you about it? Even for “yes or no” questions, our decisions cannot be reduced to black or white. Decisions always come with a sense... click to read more

  • Alexander Unruh-Pinheiro | PhD Student at Epileptology Department, University of Bonn Medical Center, Bonn, Germany
  • Florian Mormann | Professor at Epileptology Department, University of Bonn Medical Center, Bonn, Germany
Views 2162
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 11, 2022
How does the brain orchestrate survival?

We can think of the way the brain processes information as an orchestral ensemble. In the brain, information is mainly processed by a specialized type of brain cell called neurons, like individual instruments in the orchestra. Neurons use electrical signals to transmit information. These signals... click to read more

  • Shengjin Xu | Principal Investigator at Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China
  • Hui Yang | PhD graduate at Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, USA
  • Scott M. Sternson | Professor at Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, USA
Views 2212
Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 16, 2021