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Read more at: Simple treatment during pregnancy can protect baby from memory problems in later life, study in rats suggests

Simple treatment during pregnancy can protect baby from memory problems in later life, study in rats suggests

21 April 2021

Low oxygen in the womb - known as chronic fetal hypoxia - is one of the most common complications in human pregnancy. It can be diagnosed when a routine ultrasound scan shows that the baby is not growing properly and is caused by a number of conditions including pre-eclampsia, infection of the placenta, gestational...


Read more at: New method developed for ‘up-sizing’ mini organs used in medical research
 New method developed for ‘up-sizing’ mini organs used in medical research

New method developed for ‘up-sizing’ mini organs used in medical research

7 March 2021

A team of engineers and scientists has developed a method of ‘up-sizing’ organoids: miniature collections of cells which mimic the behaviour of various organs and are promising tools for the study of human biology and disease.


Read more at: Brief sensory deprivation triggers cell type-specific structural and functional plasticity in olfactory bulb neurons
Brief sensory deprivation triggers cell type-specific structural and functional plasticity in olfactory bulb neurons

Brief sensory deprivation triggers cell type-specific structural and functional plasticity in olfactory bulb neurons

15 February 2021

A new study by Elisa Galliano and colleagues in the Grubb lab at King’s College London was recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience. The authors investigated how a short-lived loss of smell (akin to a mild cold) induces functional and structural plasticity in a specific sub-population of dopaminergic interneurons in the mouse olfactory bulb.


Read more at: Developmental clock and mechanism of de novo polarization of the mouse embryo
Developmental clock and mechanism of de novo polarization of the mouse embryo

Developmental clock and mechanism of de novo polarization of the mouse embryo

7 January 2021

Study by the Zernicka-Goetz lab highlights the role of zygotic genome activation in regulating the timing of cell polarization


Read more at: Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri awarded the Hans Sigrist Prize
Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri awarded the Hans Sigrist Prize

Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri awarded the Hans Sigrist Prize

1 December 2020

Dr Sferruzzi-Perri will be awarded the prize in recognition for her work in maternal-fetal communication during pregnancy


Read more at: Single brain region linked to depression and anxiety, heart disease and response to treatment
Single brain region linked to depression and anxiety, heart disease and response to treatment

Single brain region linked to depression and anxiety, heart disease and response to treatment

26 October 2020

Marmoset study published in Nature Communications finds single brain region linking depression and anxiety, heart disease, and people’s sensitivity to treatment


Read more at: How exercise can help fight cancer
How exercise can help fight cancer

How exercise can help fight cancer

21 October 2020

Exercise reduces the growth of tumors and increases the effectivity of immune cells that fight cancer in mice, according to new study by the Johnson lab published in eLife


Read more at: ‘Happy ending effect’ can bias future decisions, say scientists
‘Happy ending effect’ can bias future decisions, say scientists

‘Happy ending effect’ can bias future decisions, say scientists

14 October 2020

Study by Martin Vestergaard published in The Journal of Neuroscience reveals brain mechanisms underlying irrational decision-making


Read more at: Prof Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz receives NIH award
Prof Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz receives NIH award

Prof Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz receives NIH award

9 October 2020

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, Bren Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering at Caltech and Professor at the University of Cambridge, is a recipient of an NIH Director's Pioneer Award this year. The NIH Director's Pioneer Award,


Read more at: Prof Angela Roberts awarded Goldman-Rakic Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience
Prof Angela Roberts awarded Goldman-Rakic Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience

Prof Angela Roberts awarded Goldman-Rakic Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience

7 October 2020

Professor Angela Roberts has been awarded this years Goldman-Rakic Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience, jointly with Professor Robert Desimone, Director of the McGovern Institute at MIT, Boston, USA