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New perspectives at the bench

September 12, 2018

New perspectives at the bench

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David Orenstein | Erika Reinfeld | Lisa Girard | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

In recognition of their exceptional potential to be leaders in the life sciences, three MIT postdocs at the Koch, Picower, and Whitehead institutes at MIT are among 15 young researchers to earn Hanna Gray Fellowships from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Chevy Chase, Maryland-based

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New sensors track dopamine in the brain for more than a year

September 12, 2018

New sensors track dopamine in the brain for more than a year

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Anne Trafton | MIT News Office

Dopamine, a signaling molecule used throughout the brain, plays a major role in regulating our mood, as well as controlling movement. Many disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, depression, and schizophrenia, are linked to dopamine deficiencies.

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Antidepressant restores youthful flexibility to aging inhibitory neurons

August 19, 2018

Antidepressant restores youthful flexibility to aging inhibitory neurons

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David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

A new study provides fresh evidence that the decline in the capacity of brain cells to change (called “plasticity”), rather than a decline in total cell number, may underlie some of the sensory and cognitive declines associated with normal brain aging.

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