A newly created protein by Robert Campbell, chemistry professor at the University of Alberta, has the ability to light-up to reveal deeper layers of the brains cognitive processes. Composes of jellyfish and coral DNA, we now have the ability to visualize more than just the top layer of neural activity, which was what was previously capable through modern fluorescent techniques. Inner portions of the brain can now be studied in depth thanks to Campbell and his team of protein engineers through the use of red fluorescents instead of green.
As Alzheimer’s disease continues to be the global challenge of the century, Zahra Moussavi, A professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Manitoba, started a Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) treatment for Alzheimer’s in Canada. Inspired by her own late mother’s, she created this treatment to help prevent cognitive decline by training the neurons (nerve cells in the brain) to perform more efficiently.
Lisa Loiselle, associate director of the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program at the University of Waterloo says that the number of young Canadians (15-29) acting in a care partner roe is just under two million. With the increase of young care partners, the need to support them also increases. Alzheimer’s specifically places unique challenges on teen care partners. The youth who are acting in this role are seen to have high levels of anxiety, stress, and guilt. It was reported that about 40 percent of these young care partners are tending to parents or grandparents.
Sleep disruption is a normal process of aging; researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, set out to determine whether seniors need less sleep or need the same amount of sleep but are unable to generate it – and whether this sleep loss is related to dementia. In their review, they note the correlation between sleep degeneration and cognitive decline.
Sound information is analyzed by our brain through two pathways, one of which – the dorsal stream of the parietal lobe – is responsible for high-level memory processing. Previous correlational evidence suggests that brain activity and memory are linked; a recent study from the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University explored this link by measuring the causal effect of magnetic pulses on auditory memory.