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Total recall: the science behind it

Keith Murai

Keith Murai

MUHC-led study identifies new player in brain function and memory

Is it possible to change the amount of information the brain can store? Maybe, according to a new international study led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). Their research has identified a molecule that puts a brake on brain processing and when removed, brain function and memory recall is improved. Published in the latest issue of Cell Reports

Diversity among vesicles supports multilingualism in axons

Evstratova, Tóth, Chamberland

Evstratova, Tóth, Chamberland

Information is transferred from one neuron to another via synapses. This communication is mediated by neurotransmitters packaged into vesicles. These structures seem identical on electron microscopic images. However, recordings of electrical activity between neurons show that synapses operate under multiple modes of neurotransmitter release depending on the level of activity.

Communication pathway discovered between brain neurons and immune cells

Lasse Dissing-Olesen - MacVicar Lab

Lasse Dissing-Olesen, MacVicar Lab

Findings contribute to baseline knowledge of minute-to-minute healthy brain activity.

Examining the brain when it is healthy is essential in order to understand how and why things go wrong when they do. Interested in the brain in its healthy state, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute investigators from the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health’s (DMCBH) Dr. Brian MacVicar Lab asked novel research questions about communication between the brain’s neurons and microglia, its immune cells.

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.