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Teaching an Old Brain New Tricks (and Kicks)

Teaching an Old Brain New Tricks (and Kicks) | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
There is no such thing as being too old to train your brain.
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CBR: cbr.uvic.ca

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The CBR is a multidisciplinary unit with an emphasis on genetics, molecular biology, and biotechnology. The centre was created to promote interdisciplinary basic and translational biomedical research. Our members span several UVic departments, the UVic Division of Medical Sciences, the Vancouver Island Health Authority and the BC Cancer Agency.

 

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Tiny Spheres of Human Cells Mimic the Brain

Tiny Spheres of Human Cells Mimic the Brain | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Researchers have figured out how to create spheres of neuronal cells resembling the cerebral cortex, making functional human brain tissue available for the first time to study neuropsychiatric diseases such as autism and schizophrenia
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University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Media releases

University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Media releases | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
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Blood to feeling: McMaster scientists turn blood into neural cells | Biotechnology Focus | Biotechnology Focus – Leading change in Canada’s life science industry, from innovation to business

Blood to feeling: McMaster scientists turn blood into neural cells | Biotechnology Focus | Biotechnology Focus – Leading change in Canada’s life science industry, from innovation to business | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
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Body’s ‘serial killers’ captured on film destroying cancer cells

Body’s ‘serial killers’ captured on film destroying cancer cells | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A dramatic video has captured the behaviour of cytotoxic T cells – the body’s ‘serial killers’ – as they hunt down and eliminate cancer cells before moving on to their next target.
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Cancer-Driving Mutations Common in Normal Skin Cells | The Scientist Magazine®

Cancer-Driving Mutations Common in Normal Skin Cells | The Scientist Magazine® | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A deep-sequencing analysis reveals that non-malignant skin cells harbor many more cancer-driving mutations than previously expected. 
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McEwen Centre researchers unlock ability to create human articular cartilage | Biotechnology Focus | Biotechnology Focus – Leading change in Canada’s life science industry, from innovation to business

McEwen Centre researchers unlock ability to create human articular cartilage | Biotechnology Focus | Biotechnology Focus – Leading change in Canada’s life science industry, from innovation to business | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
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Brains of Smokers Who Quit Successfully Might be Wired for Success

Brains of Smokers Who Quit Successfully Might be Wired for Success | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Smokers who are able to quit might actually be hard-wired for success, according to a study from Duke Medicine.
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Neuron Regeneration Depends on Location of Spinal Cord Axon Injury

Neuron Regeneration Depends on Location of Spinal Cord Axon Injury | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Advances in imaging techniques have revealed new insights into the body's ability to respond to spinal cord injuries, according to a recent study published in Neuron. The study determined that the location of an injury on the spinal cord in relation to an axon decides whether the neuron regenerates or not.
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First HIV Immunotherapy Treatment In Humans Proves Successful

First HIV Immunotherapy Treatment In Humans Proves Successful | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
The first study to test a therapy using powerful antibodies in HIV patients reduced the presence of the virus by up to 300 times, according to a letter published in Nature yesterday. Previous research in genetically engineered mice and in non-human primates with a different version of the immundeficiency virus [...]
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Cellular Defect Linked to Diabetes

Cellular Defect Linked to Diabetes | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Leaky calcium channels in pancreatic beta cells can lead to high blood sugar.
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Opinion: Making Cancer Vaccines Work | The Scientist Magazine®

Opinion: Making Cancer Vaccines Work | The Scientist Magazine® | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Armed with the right adjuvant system, vaccines are poised to tackle one of the world’s most intractable diseases. 
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Gene Discovery Provides Clue to How TB May Evade the Immune System

Gene Discovery Provides Clue to How TB May Evade the Immune System | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
The largest genetic study of tuberculosis (TB) susceptibility to date has led to a potentially important new insight into how the pathogen manages to evade the immune system.
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Motherhood permanently alters brain and its response to hormone therapy later in life

Motherhood permanently alters brain and its response to hormone therapy later in life | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
The form of estrogens used in Hormone Therapy (HT) and previous motherhood are critical to explain why HT has variable effects on cognitive functions, new research suggests. In a recent study, estradiol had beneficial effects while estrone did not, researchers explain, adding that the effects of estrone also depended on the experience of motherhood.
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‘Pain-sensing’ Gene Discovery Could Aid Development of New Pain Treatments

A gene essential to the production of pain-sensing neurons in humans has been identified by an international team of researchers. The discovery, reported in the journal Nature Genetics, could have implications for the development of new methods of pain relief.
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CDRD and IRICoR to co-develop made-in-Canada therapeutics; Merck a project backer | Biotechnology Focus | Biotechnology Focus – Leading change in Canada’s life science industry, from innovation to ...

CDRD and IRICoR to co-develop made-in-Canada therapeutics; Merck a project backer | Biotechnology Focus | Biotechnology Focus – Leading change in Canada’s life science industry, from innovation to ... | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
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Why Your Immune System Doesn't Eat You Alive

Why Your Immune System Doesn't Eat You Alive | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Contrary to conventional wisdom, T cells that cause autoimmune disease actually abound in the body but are held in check
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Research breakthrough to revolutionize stroke treatment

Research breakthrough to revolutionize stroke treatment | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
New treatment sharply reduces death and disability from major stroke.
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Designing Better Medical Implants

Designing Better Medical Implants | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Optimal size and shape allow implantable devices to last longer in the body.
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Educating the immune system to prevent allergies

Educating the immune system to prevent allergies | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
With the arrival of spring, millions of Canadians have begun their annual ritual of sneezing and wheezing due to seasonal allergies. A research team at the Montreal Children's Hospital from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) is bringing them hope with a potential ...
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Epilepsy Drug Could Help Treat Alzheimer's Disease

Epilepsy Drug Could Help Treat Alzheimer's Disease | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Researchers say a new epilepsy drug holds promise as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease.
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From Many, One | The Scientist Magazine®

From Many, One | The Scientist Magazine® | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Diverse mammals, including humans, have been found to carry distinct genomes in their cells. What does such genetic chimerism mean for health and disease?
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Distance Running May Be an Evolutionary ‘Signal’ for Desirable Male Genes

Distance Running May Be an Evolutionary ‘Signal’ for Desirable Male Genes | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
New research shows that males with higher ‘reproductive potential’ are better distance runners. This may have been used by females as a reliable signal of high male genetic quality during our hunter-gatherer past, as good runners are more likely to have other traits of good hunters and providers, such as intelligence and generosity.
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Resisting Cancer | The Scientist Magazine®

Resisting Cancer | The Scientist Magazine® | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
If one out of three people develops cancer, that means two others don’t. Understanding why could lead to insights relevant to prevention and treatment.
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Precision Medicine Shaping the Future of Cancer Research

Precision Medicine Shaping the Future of Cancer Research | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Nearly 50 years after the “war on cancer” was declared in the United States, precision medicine presages an era of increased understanding of the molecular basis of cancer and of the ability to design treatments tailored to a patient’s own genetic profile, a panel of experts said Tuesday at a briefing sponsored by Columbia University.
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Scientists Make Surprise Finding in Stroke Research

Scientists Make Surprise Finding in Stroke Research | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Scientists at The University of Manchester have made an important new discovery about the brain’s immune system that could lead to potential new treatments for stroke and other related conditions.
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