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The hippocampus is a part of the forebrain, located in the medial temporal lobe. It belongs to the limbic system and plays major roles in short term memory and spatial navigation. Humans and other mammals have two hippocampi, one in each side of the brain.
Stress may accelerate cognitive decline later in life

Stress may accelerate cognitive decline later in life

A new study published in the June 18 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience adds to a body of evidence suggesting stress may accelerate cognitive decline later in life. [More]
National Institutes of Health awards $3.4M grant for Alzheimer's disease research

National Institutes of Health awards $3.4M grant for Alzheimer's disease research

As part of its ongoing research to better understand the complexities of the human brain, the Allen Institute for Brain Science is embarking on the first effort to map connectivity patterns across the whole brain in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease, through its recent award of a $3.4 million grant over five years from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. [More]
Research investigates effect of mindfulness training on college football players

Research investigates effect of mindfulness training on college football players

The University of Miami Hurricanes football program will partner with UM neuroscientist Dr. Amishi Jha for an innovative research study to investigate how mindfulness training can help football players better cope with the high stakes and high demands of collegiate athletics. [More]
AFFiRiS releases positive study results of AD04 therapeutic drug in Alzheimer patients

AFFiRiS releases positive study results of AD04 therapeutic drug in Alzheimer patients

AFFiRiS announced today the results of a phase II study in Alzheimer patients. AFFiRiS' proprietary compound AD04 is the first drug ever to demonstrate clinical and biomarker effects consistent with disease modification in Alzheimer patients. [More]
Memory is more dynamic and changeable than previously thought, say researchers

Memory is more dynamic and changeable than previously thought, say researchers

Research presented by Morris Moscovitch, from the Rotman Research Institute at the University of Toronto, shows that memory is more dynamic and changeable than previously thought. [More]

Using brain during adolescence could help brain cells survive, says study

Using your brain - particularly during adolescence - may help brain cells survive and could impact how it functions after puberty. [More]
Research findings could lead to new approach to Alzheimer’s prevention

Research findings could lead to new approach to Alzheimer’s prevention

In surprise findings, scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have discovered that a protein with a propensity to form harmful aggregates in the body when produced in the liver protects against Alzheimer’s disease aggregates when it is produced in the brain. The results suggest that drugs that can boost the protein’s production specifically in neurons could one day help ward off Alzheimer’s disease. [More]
Drugs that boost protein's production in neurons could help ward off Alzheimer's disease

Drugs that boost protein's production in neurons could help ward off Alzheimer's disease

In surprise findings, scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered that a protein with a propensity to form harmful aggregates in the body when produced in the liver protects against Alzheimer's disease aggregates when it is produced in the brain. [More]
Depression does not impact on cognition in early bipolar disorder

Depression does not impact on cognition in early bipolar disorder

Depressive episodes have no additional impact on cognition in patients early in the course of bipolar disorder, research suggests. [More]
Hippocampal role in psychosis bolstered

Hippocampal role in psychosis bolstered

Reduced hippocampal volumes exist in patients across the psychosis spectrum, shows the latest report from the B-SNIP study. [More]
New compound restores learning, memory and other symptoms of AD in mice

New compound restores learning, memory and other symptoms of AD in mice

A molecular compound developed by Saint Louis University scientists restored learning, memory and appropriate behavior in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease, according to findings in the May issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. [More]
New cognitive test determines memory impairments due to AD and normal aging

New cognitive test determines memory impairments due to AD and normal aging

Researchers have developed a new cognitive test that can better determine whether memory impairments are due to very mild Alzheimer's disease or the normal aging process. [More]
Global scientists to discuss latest findings on diagnosis, causes and treatments of ASD

Global scientists to discuss latest findings on diagnosis, causes and treatments of ASD

The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), a scientific and professional organization devoted to advancing knowledge about autism spectrum disorders, convened more than 1700 researchers, delegates, autism specialists and students from 40 countries for the 13th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), the world's largest scientific gathering on autism research, from May 15 through May 17 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA. [More]
Suppressing hyperactivity of calcium channels alleviates familial Alzheimer's disease

Suppressing hyperactivity of calcium channels alleviates familial Alzheimer's disease

In 2008, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania showed that mutations in two proteins associated with familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD) disrupt the flow of calcium ions within neurons. [More]
People with longevity gene have improved brain skills

People with longevity gene have improved brain skills

Scientists showed that people who have a variant of a longevity gene, called KLOTHO, have improved brain skills such as thinking, learning and memory regardless of their age, sex, or whether they have a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. [More]
Mice study shows specific energy source responsible for performing complex cognitive functions

Mice study shows specific energy source responsible for performing complex cognitive functions

New research suggests that certain types of brain cells may be "picky eaters," seeming to prefer one specific energy source over others. [More]
Finding has implications for understanding cognitive decline in degenerative diseases

Finding has implications for understanding cognitive decline in degenerative diseases

New research suggests that certain types of brain cells may be "picky eaters," seeming to prefer one specific energy source over others. The finding has implications for understanding the cognitive decline seen in aging and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis. [More]

Hippocampus has critical role in mammalian learning

Theta-band activity in hippocampus after an event seems to be crucial for learning. A study at the University of Jyv-skyl- also proved that the absence of theta facilitated learning a simple task while training during theta had no effect on learning. [More]
Scientists identify key molecular switches that control age-related memory impairment

Scientists identify key molecular switches that control age-related memory impairment

Even among the healthiest individuals, memory and cognitive abilities decline with age. This aspect of normal aging can affect an individual's quality of life and capability to live independently but the rate of decline is variable across individuals. [More]
Young blood can rejuvenate brains of old mice

Young blood can rejuvenate brains of old mice

Something - or some things - in the blood of young mice has the ability to restore mental capabilities in old mice, a new study by Stanford University School of Medicine investigators has found. [More]