Gene Controlling Circadian Rhythms Implicated in Bipolar Disorder

By manipulating the CLOCK (Circadian Loco-motor Output Cycles Kaput) gene in mice, scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have created the first animal model for use in studying bipolar disorder. The CLOCK gene is responsible for encoding the protein that regulates both the persistence and length of our circadian rhythms. When subjected to a series … Continue reading Gene Controlling Circadian Rhythms Implicated in Bipolar Disorder

How Red Wine Compounds Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

Research has shown in the past that red wine may be good for the heart; however, current research shows that it may also prove beneficial in preventing certain tumors and even reducing the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. The discovery comes as a result of the combined efforts of Alzheimer’s disease researchers at UCLA and Mt. … Continue reading How Red Wine Compounds Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

The Adult Brain Neurons Can Remodel Connections

Elly Nedivi, an Associate Professor of Neurobiology at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, with the help of her colleagues, discovered that a certain type of brain cell can remodel lost connections, or neural pathways. Previously, researchers had found large-scale changes in dendrite-length, but most importantly, they found that this dendrite growth was limited … Continue reading The Adult Brain Neurons Can Remodel Connections