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A new Columbia study shows that the movement of calcium within neurons boosts learning, revealing a basic principle of memory encoding in the brain.
A newly discovered protein tangle has been associated with multiple neurodegenerative diseases and may have a role in causing the diseases.
Loss of smell in COVID may be caused by a dramatic rearrangement of chromosomes in the cells that connect the nose to the brain, a study by Columbia neuroscientists suggests.
Just a single type of neuron controls the complex patterns of walking, a surprising finding that may lead to new therapeutic approaches for people with spinal cord injuries.
- December 8, 2021
A study in mice that sheds light on how the brain remembers key details could one day help treat disorders impacting memory.
- November 30, 2021
A new theory explains how the brain creates and recalls motor memories and could lead to better physical therapies to help people with injuries use their bodies again.
- October 28, 2021
The answer may lie in a gene only present in humans. When expressed in mice, the gene increases the number of connections in the brain and improves the ability to learn complex tasks.
- October 27, 2021
New technology will allow scientists to uncover what happens in the brain during the early stages of Parkinson's disease, which could lead to earlier diagnosis and better therapies for the disease.
- August 16, 2021
A new preclinical study provides the first direct evidence that loss of a placental hormone during pregnancy alters long-term brain development, causing autism-like behaviors in male offspring.
- July 16, 2021
Even though bird brains look very different from ours, a Columbia study of birds is providing evidence that both work in the same way when storing spatial memories.
- June 22, 2021
A new study from researchers at Columbia University is the first to quantitatively link psychological stress to graying hair in people and find that the process is reversible.
- June 16, 2021
Spectacular images of a molecule that shuttles omega-3 fatty acids into the brain may open a doorway for delivering neurological therapeutics to the brain.
- May 26, 2021
A new idea for treating Alzheimer’s disease could eradicate the toxic proteins most closely linked to cognitive decline in the places where they do the most damage.
- May 14, 2021
Thinking is a surprisingly slow process because our brain cannot make multiple decisions about the same object at once, Columbia neuroscientists have found.