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Optical technologies could lead to novel treatments for neurological diseases

Optical technologies previously used to look at the stars in the sky will be miniaturized to look inside the brain, and could lead to new treatments for neurological diseases. The technologies once used to make corrections to space telescopes, along with new lasers, will help answer a fundamental question, according to Prakash Kara, Ph.D., a researcher at the Medical University of South Carolina: “Is there a universal microcircuit that is repeated everywhere in the brain with regard to how neurons communicate with blood vessels?” Kara is part of a team at MUSC that was awarded a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation through its Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). The grant will fund collaborative research between MUSC and the Univers...

Combining Imaging Technologies Could Provide Better Understanding of Brain Function

Combining two imagine technologies, such as MRI for structure and MEG for activity, could provide a new understanding of our how our brain works. New advances related to new uses of imaging technologies could help scientists uncover the brain’s mysteries. Now, European scientists have successfully combined magnetic resonance imagining, or MRI, scanning with an emerging imaging technology called magnetoencephalography, or MEG. There have thus bundled two ways of imaging the brain in one helmet-like device. Because MEG records the magnetic fields produced by our brain, as brain cells fire off messages to one another, it gives scientists a real-time insight into our brain as it processes its world around it. MRI, meanwhile, gives structural images of the brain by looking at blood flow a...

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