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Resilience to ALS Due to Synaptic Safety Mechanism

UCSF researchers have identified a powerful self-corrective mechanism within synapses that is activated by neurodegeneration and acts to slow down disease progression in animal models of ALS.

spinal cord neurons in mice with ALS

Superfast Brain Circuit Slams the Brakes on Movement

A new UCSF study of patients with Parkinson’s disease has revealed a pathway that transmits signals very rapidly between two parts of the human brain to govern the complex act of halting a motion once it’s been initiated.

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Long-Term Learning Requires New Nerve Insulation

For a conditioned response to become long-lasting requires brain cells to increase amounts of an insulating material called myelin, which may serve to reinforce and stabilize newly formed neural connections.

Microscopic image of myelin