Neuroscience has transformed our understanding of the brain and promises treatments for devastating disorders that affect millions.

Charts map rapid growth and slow decline of brains

06 April 2022

An international team of researchers has created a series of brain charts spanning our entire lifespan – from a 15 week old fetus to 100 year old adult – that show how our brains expand rapidly in early life and slowly shrink as we age. 

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Tuning into brainwave rhythms speeds up learning in adults

31 Jan 2023

The first study to show that delivering information at the natural tempo of our neural pulses accelerates our ability to learn.

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Scientists explain emotional ‘blunting’ caused by common antidepressants

23 Jan 2023

Scientists have worked out why common anti-depressants cause around a half of users to feel emotionally ‘blunted’. In a study published today, they...

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Corpus callosum, left-right connections, in a Parkinson's brain

Slow-moving shell of water can make Parkinson’s proteins ‘stickier’

15 Nov 2022

Water – which makes up the majority of every cell in the body – plays a key role in how proteins, including those associated with Parkinson’s disease...

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Autistic people are more likely to experience depression and anxiety during pregnancy

26 Oct 2022

Autistic people are more vulnerable to depression and anxiety during pregnancy, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. The...

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Scientists detect dementia signs as early as nine years ahead of diagnosis

13 Oct 2022

Cambridge scientists have shown that it may be possible to spot signs of brain impairment in patients as early as nine years before they receive a...

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School-based mindfulness training programme fails to improve young people’s mental health

13 Jul 2022

A standardised schools-based mindfulness training programme did not help young people’s mental health and well-being overall, but did improve school...

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Gene discovery indicates motor neurone diseases caused by abnormal lipid processing in cells

20 Jun 2022

A new genetic discovery adds weight to a theory that motor neurone degenerative diseases are caused by abnormal lipid (fat) processing pathways...

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Mammalian cell stained with fluorescence polymeric thermometers and falsely-coloured based on temperature gradients.

Alzheimer’s disease causes cells to overheat and ‘fry like eggs’

31 May 2022

Researchers have shown that aggregation of amyloid-beta, one of two key proteins implicated in Alzheimer’s disease, causes cells to overheat and ‘fry...

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‘Stressed’ cells offer clues to eliminating build-up of toxic proteins in dementia

06 May 2022

It’s often said that a little stress can be good for you. Now scientists have shown that the same may be true for cells, uncovering a newly-...

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Seven hours of sleep is optimal in middle and old age, say researchers

28 Apr 2022

Seven hours is the ideal amount of sleep for people in their middle age and upwards, with too little or too much sleep associated with poorer...

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Scientists find that the impact of social media on wellbeing varies across adolescence

28 Mar 2022

Girls and boys might be more vulnerable to the negative effects of social media use at different times during their adolescence, say an international...

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Study suggests lithium may decrease risk of developing dementia

17 Mar 2022

Researchers have identified a link which suggests that lithium could decrease the risk of developing dementia, which affects nearly one million...

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