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July 2014

Suite of methods yields complex model of neuronal junctions

by  /  2 July 2014

Researchers debuted a three-dimensional model of an average synapse, the point of connection between neurons, in the 30 May issue of Science.

May 2014

Chemical cocktail renders mouse, monkey brains transparent

by  /  28 May 2014

A new method for turning brains transparent and scanning them will make it easier to map neuronal circuits, according to a paper published 24 April in Cell.


Misdirected neurons may underlie autism symptoms

by  /  13 May 2014

Proteins that help guide neurons to their correct destination in the brain may be involved in autism, says Christopher Cowan.

March 2014

‘Rich club’ brain network grows richer with age

by  /  21 March 2014

The ‘rich club,’ a higher-order brain network, is anatomically similar but functionally richer in adults compared with children, according to a study published 5 February in PLoS One.

February 2014

Genetics: Proteins that support neurons linked to autism

by  /  25 February 2014

Mutations in two proteins that help guide neurons as they grow in the developing brain may be risk factors for autism, according to a study published 14 January in Human Molecular Genetics.


Multimodal mouse model for autism

by  /  11 February 2014

A new paper accomplishes a rare feat, linking human genetics with physiology, behavior and a therapeutic in a compelling mouse model of autism, says Alan Packer.


Molecular mechanisms: Neuronal branches help hone signals

by  /  7 February 2014

Electrical signals generated by dendrites, the branches of neurons that receive information from neighboring cells, may help neurons tune their responses to stimuli, according to a study published 7 November in Nature.

December 2013

Understanding contradictory connectivity reports in autism

by ,  /  10 December 2013

Studies at the level of neural circuits are needed to better understand the importance of both increased and decreased connectivity between different regions in the autism brain, say John Rubenstein and Vikaas Sohal.

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November 2013

Atlas maps flow of neurons in the mouse brain

by  /  13 November 2013

The Allen Institute for Brain Science is mapping the complex projections of neurons throughout the mouse brain. They presented results from the first 1,400 brains on Tuesday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

September 2013

Normalizing protein level preempts Angelman symptoms

by  /  9 September 2013

Depleting excess levels of a molecule involved in neuronal signaling prevents the cognitive and motor symptoms of Angelman syndrome in a mouse model of the disorder, according to a report published 15 August in Cell Reports.