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by Wise Young, M.D., Ph.D., and Patricia Morton, Ph.D.
From the frontlines of spinal cord research, the authors lean on lessons from the past, their own experience, and events still unfolding as they raise questions about the future of all scientific research. From Cerebrum, our online magazine of ideas.
See also: Q&A with Wise Young
“As our understanding of the microbiome grows, we see a new opportunity for new questions and new understanding of brain disorders ranging from autism and depression,” says one researcher at the recent Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. Others agree.
Cambridge researchers using EEG find network activity differs among minimally conscious patients, and the possibility of predicting the potential to communicate even in non-responsive people.
A panel at the recent Aspen Brain Forum discussed how certain social and psychological aspects of environment influence biology and behavior.
Want to travel to Mars? Bring empathy, communication skills; expect trouble with seeing, thinking — and keeping food down.
Researchers are teasing out brain areas and networks that respond to threats, real and imagined.
Certain areas of research generate enormous hype, raising hope that the solutions to some of the unsolved problems of the human brain are just around the corner. This can a problem in the stem cell field, but progress is being made, says Guy McKhann, professor of neurology and neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University.