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The happiness chemical that sits on top of our DNA

Sometimes referred to as the happiness chemical, serotonin has a huge role to play in the proper functioning of our bodies. Any imbalance in serotonin levels can lead to all sorts of issues, ranging from intestinal problems to mood changes and depression. In the brain,... click to read more

  • Reinier Prosee | PhD student at Department of Molecular Biology, Section of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 15, 2019
"Peeling back the onion": a multi-layered approach to understand the dynamics of sleep

We now know that a good night's sleep is essential for maintaining optimal brain functioning and health. Many will have experienced the acute detrimental effects of "pulling an all-nighter" on attention and performance, which are usually quickly remedied by sleep. Chronically curtailed or disrupted sleep... click to read more

  • Maxime Jan | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Center for Integrative Genomics, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Paul Franken | Professor at Center for Integrative Genomics, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Views 682
Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 17, 2019
The Claustrum: Your shield from distraction

Being able to filter out irrelevant information is a crucial ability for any animal. Consider for a moment the number of sensations you can currently feel. Maybe someone is shouting in the background, has a strong perfume, or perhaps you have an itch? Even subtler... click to read more

  • Gal Atlan | PhD student at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, Edmond J. Safra Campus, Jerusalem
  • Ami Citri | Professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, Edmond J. Safra Campus, Jerusalem
Views 1096
Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 30, 2019
One step closer to brain-like computing

In many ways, we do not know how the brain processes information. However, we do know that the brain is mighty efficient at what it does. For instance, the human brain consumes only about 20 W, less than a standard light bulb. How does the... click to read more

  • Sacha van Albada | Group Leader at Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, Theoretical Neuroscience (IAS-6) & JARA Institute Brain Structure-Function Relationships (INM-10), Jülich Research Centre, Jülich, Germany
  • Markus Diesmann | Director at Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, Theoretical Neuroscience (IAS-6) & JARA Institute Brain Structure-Function Relationships (INM-10), Jülich Research Centre, Jülich, Germany
Views 1933
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 10, 2018
Innate immune memory – microglia as key players

Memory is the process of storing and retrieving information. In human beings, the brain is the central storage organ, and it is equipped with the neuronal system: the basis for processing memories. But the brain is not the only place with a memory; in our bodies,... click to read more

  • Karoline Degenhardt | PhD Student at German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) Tübingen, Department of Cellular Neurology, Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research, University of Tübingen
  • Ann-Christin Wendeln | PhD Student at German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) Tübingen; Department of Cellular Neurology, Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research, University of Tübingen
Views 1166
Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 19, 2018