26 September, 2015
The best neuroscience news this week from around the web:
Nature News – Brain Stimulation in Children Spurs Hope—And Concern [MEDIUM READ / SIMPLE SCIENCE]
LEARNING BETTER?: Well, this should be controversial. A school in London is offering children the opportunity to undergo brain stimulation in order to overcome learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Brain stimulation techniques have shown an ability to enhance cognition in adults, and they are safe in the short-term. But what about long-term? And in children…?
MIT Technology Review – 3-D Printing’s Next Act: Nerve Regeneration [SHORT READ / SIMPLE SCIENCE]
NERVE HIGHWAYS: 3D printers are being used to help nerves regrow along defined pathways. The printed scaffolds can also be constructed to contain chemical cues, helping different types of nerves know where they should and shouldn’t grow. For more on how nerves can be regrown, check out QBI researcher Massimo Hilliard’s lab page!
Wired Magazine – A Cure for Blindness Just Might Come From Algae [ MEDIUM READ / MEDIUM SCIENCE]
EYES LIGHT UP: A clinical trial is about to commence in the US that will test gene therapy to restore sight in patients who lack photoreceptor cells. If successful, the procedure will give patients some visual information, thanks to the insertion of an algal protein that is, like photoreceptors, sensitive to light.
Brain Decoder – What Your Brain Could Reveal About Your Job [LONG READ / SIMPLE SCIENCE]
HORSES FOR COURSES: Our brains are plastic; they change with experience. How much information does your brain wiring give away about, say, your job? If you’re a juggler or a taxi driver, you might be surprised…
MIT Technology Review – Why America’s Top Mental Health Researcher Joined Alphabet [MEDIUM READ / SIMPLE SCIENCE]
JUMPING SHIP: What’s the key to psychiatric diagnosis and treatment? According to one influential man, it’s all about big data. That’s why the head of the US National Institute of Mental Health, Tom Insel, is leaving his post for Alphabet’s Life Sciences division.