Levels of inflammatory biomarkers could predict effectiveness of ECT for people with depression

March 6, 2018 FINDINGS People with major depression that has not been well controlled by medications and who have a biomarker in their blood indicating a higher level of inflammation may benefit more than people with less inflammation from electroconvulsive therapy to ease symptoms of their depression, according to a new UCLA study. BACKGROUND Inflammatory […]

Infants process pain in their brains in different ways based on age

March 5, 2018 Reliance on behavioral indicators, such as crying, to assess pain in infants underestimates how much pain babies actually feel when they undergo stressful medical procedures. This has long-term implications on brain development and impacts future adult pain sensitivity, according to a British neurobiologist speaking at the American Pain Society Scientific Summit today. […]

Researcher develops new technology for long-term stable neural recording

March 5, 2018 Klas Tybrandt, principal investigator at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at Linköping University, has developed new technology for long-term stable neural recording. It is based on a novel elastic material composite, which is biocompatible and retains high electrical conductivity even when stretched to double its original length. The result has been achieved […]

The Neuro and Thermo Fisher Scientific team up to accelerate understanding of neurological disease

March 5, 2018 The Montreal Neurological Institute (The Neuro) of McGill University, a world-leading institution focused on brain research and advanced patient care, and Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science, today announce an agreement designed to accelerate the understanding of neurological disease by focusing on about 30 proteins associated with Parkinson’s disease, […]

Scientists find algorithm for brain simulations on exascale systems

March 5, 2018 An international group of researchers has made a decisive step towards creating the technology to achieve simulations of brain-scale networks on future supercomputers of the exascale class.  The breakthrough, published in Frontiers in Neuroinformatics, allows larger parts of the human brain to be represented, using the same amount of computer memory. Simultaneously, […]