In the Lab

Collage of scientists prepping and looking at slides
When the Calgary Brain Bank receives a donation, neuroscientist Jeffrey Joseph meticulously divvies up tissue samples for researchers to study.
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Researchers throughout the world are pursuing a variety of new ways to repair or replace neurons and other cells in the brain. For the most part, these experimental approaches are still being worked out in animals and cannot be considered therapies for humans at this time.
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Most medicines today were developed using trial-and-error techniques, which often do not reveal why a drug produces a particular effect. But the expanding knowledge gained from molecular biology methods makes safer and more effective drugs possible.
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PET is one of the most important techniques for measuring blood flow or energy consumption in the brain. This method of measuring brain function is based on the detection of radioactivity emitted when positrons, positively charged particles, undergo radioactive decay in the brain.
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Optical imaging relies on shining weak lasers through the skull to visualize brain activity. These techniques are inexpensive and relatively portable. They are also silent and safe: Because only extremely weak lasers are used, these methods can be used to study everyone, even infants.
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Providing a high-quality, three-dimensional image of organs and structures inside the body without X-rays or other radiation, MRIs are noninvasive and unsurpassed in the anatomical detail they show.
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Much faster than a traditional MRI, MEG can be used to provide even more information about brain activity.
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Medical professionals have come to rely on even more specialized forms of the MRI machine, each suited to spotting specific warning signs.
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As our understanding of the processes that underlie brain damage progresses, it becomes possible to use small-molecule drugs, such as antibiotics and anti-tumor drugs, to alter these processes.
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Scientist targeted by animal rights activists asks about the ethics of inaction.
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Explore the many aspects of sleep and its importance to overall daily function and long-term health.
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
In this lesson, students learn some key brain structures and the functions they preform.
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This online book introduces neuroscience chapter by chapter. Available online and in several languages, the book covers basic topics such as neurons, chemical neurotransmission, and vision, as well as the immune system, dyslexia, stress, and neuroethics.
  • International Brain Research Organization

3D Brain

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