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Models that perform statistical analyses of hundreds of visual clues point the way to understanding how our brains give us the ability to distinguish faces.
A gene called FMNL2 may explain why people with hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, or obesity have a greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
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.
- April 7, 2014
Scientists studying Parkinson's disease rely on the generous donation of brains by patients—as well as some family members—to brain banks.
- April 6, 2014
Columbia scientists reveal how touch cells just beneath the skin's surface create our ability to feel fine details and texture.
- March 13, 2014
Using stem cells from patients, P&S researchers have created a model of age-related macular degeneration in a dish, which may lead personalized treatments to prevent vision loss.
- March 7, 2014
Decision-making accuracy can be improved by postponing the onset of a decision by a mere fraction of a second.
- February 23, 2014
A small region of the hippocampus known as CA2 is essential for social memory, the ability of an animal to recognize another of the same species.
- February 6, 2014
In most cases of ALS, a toxin released by cells that normally nurture neurons in the brain and spinal cord can trigger loss of the nerve cells affected in the disease, report Columbia researchers.
- January 28, 2014
Tom Jessell will receive the 2014 Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science for opening up one of the most unknown—and important—fields of biomedical research.
- December 22, 2013
CUMC researchers have clarified three fundamental issues about Alzheimer's: where it starts, why it starts there, and how it spreads.