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A discovery could prevent the development of brain tumours in children

Frédéric Charron

Frédéric Charron

Frédéric Charron, CAN 2012 Young Investigator, publishes in Developmental Cell.
Researchers at the IRCM show that a protein called Sonic Hedgehog causes DNA damage – They discovered a mechanism that promotes the progression of medulloblastoma, the most common brain tumour found in children.

New Western neuroscientist explores “touchy” subject

Andrew Pruszynski

Andrew Pruszynski

When you reach into your pocket, you can easily tell a button from a coin. Solving this seemingly simple problem is actually amazingly complicated. The long-held scientific explanation is that neurons in the cerebral cortex, which is the part of the brain reserved for the most complicated functions, make the differentiation but recent findings

Chemical signals in the brain help guide risky decisions

Stan Floresco

Stan Floresco

Dopamine plays a key role in decisions involving risk and reward, says UBC’s Stan Floresco.

A gambler’s decision to stay or fold in a game of cards could be influenced by a chemical in the brain, suggests new research from the University of British Columbia.

Researchers unlock new mechanism in pain management

Gerald Zamponi

Gerald Zamponi

It’s in the brain where we perceive the unpleasant sensations of pain, and researchers have long been examining how calcium channels in the brain and peripheral nervous system contribute to the development of chronic pain conditions.