August 2014

Brenda Milner awarded prestigious Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

60 years ago, Brenda Milner asked a simple research question: Do our brains keep all our memories in the same place? The answer, she discovered, is “no”— and so began her career-long exploration of human memory. Professor Milner’s curiosity and creative problem-solving have opened the door to new treatments for generations of people suffering from memory loss and other brain disorders. In September, she will receive Norway’s prestigious Kavli Prize, the latest recognition of an exceptional career. The Kavli Prize in Neuroscience is awarded for outstanding achievement in advancing our knowledge and understanding of the brain and nervous system.
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Timing is everything: scientists control rapid re-wiring of brain circuits using patterned visual stimulation

In a new study published in Science, Dr. Edward Ruthazer and colleagues show for the first time how the brain re-wires and fine-tunes its connections differently depending on the relative timing of sensory stimuli.

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Scientists find important piece of the brain tumour puzzle

Dr. Anita Bellail, Dr. Chunhai Hao and colleagues have shown that a member of the protein family known as SUMO (small ubiquitin-like modifier) is a key to why tumour cells multiply uncontrollably, especially in the case of glioblastoma. Their research was published in a recent issue of Nature Communications.
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Study yields important clues to the genetics of epilepsy

An international team of researchers, led by Dr. Guy Rouleau, has discovered a significant genetic component of Idiopathic Generalized Epilepsy (IGE), the most common form of epilepsy. The new research, published in EMBO Reports, implicates a mutation in the gene for a protein known as cotransporter KCC2.
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