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Discover the animal models that help us learn about different parts of the human brain.
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Basic neuroscience research in animal models is essential to understanding brain function and the thousands of brain diseases and disorders that affect both humans and animals. Treatments for stroke, depression, and drug addiction are just a few examples of developments made by this research. Learn more.

Figuring out why mosquitoes prefer to feast on humans over other animals could help us design more effective repellants and prevent the spread of disease.
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Echolocating bats can help us understand how we use our senses to perceive and navigate the world around us.
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Go under the sea and explore some of the animals that sense their world without a brain.
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Neuroscientists combat destructive neurological disorders and mental illnesses including Alzheimer’s disease, drug addiction, and depression through research.
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Researchers from around the world met in Washington, D.C. to explore the relevance and ethics for using non-human primates in research.
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Even great visions require support.
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These cells help hit the brakes.
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Discover the animal models that help us learn about different parts of the human brain.
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Snake venom attacks your cells at their most vulnerable.
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Neurons help speed up (and stop) signals to create perfect harmony.
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This group of cells cry out for water when you’re parched.
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Disrupting circadian rhythms is linked to mood disorders, and chronic illnesses. Neuroscientists are teasing apart how.
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3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.