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Diversity Training Programs Nurture Research Career

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A trainee tells her story of how NIMH/NIH training programs for members of underrepresented groups have nurtured her scientific career.

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NIH BRAIN Initiative Debuts Cell Census of Mouse Motor Cortex – for Starters

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NIH BRAIN Initiative Cell Census Network (BICCN) has debuted its first data release, which focuses on motor cortex. In a related development, researchers have discovered cellular secrets of key social behaviors – mating, parenting, and aggression – in mouse hypothalamus.

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Molecular Secrets Revealed: Antipsychotic Docked in its Receptor

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Scientists have deciphered the molecular structure of a widely-prescribed antipsychotic docked in its key human brain receptor. The discovery may hold clues to designing better treatments for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses.

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Memory Gene Goes Viral

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A gene crucial for learning can send its genetic material from one neuron to another by employing a strategy commonly used by viruses.

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NIH BRAIN Initiative Builds on Early Advances

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NIH has announced funding for 110 new awards totaling $169 million for the BRAIN Initiative.

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NIH BRAIN Initiative Launches Cell Census

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The NIH today launched a major effort to discover and catalog the brain’s “parts list.”

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NIH Completes Atlas of Human DNA Differences that Influence Gene Expression

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NIH researchers have completed an atlas documenting how DNA influence human gene expression.

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Depression’s “Transcriptional Signatures” Differ in Men vs. Women

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Brain gene expression associated with depression differed markedly between men and women. Such divergent “transcriptional signatures” may signal divergent underlying illness processes requiring sex-specific treatments.

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Scientists Give Star Treatment to Lesser-Known Cells Crucial for Brain Development

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Star-shaped support brain cells, astrocytes, growing in 3-D “organoids” in a dish develop similarly as those in human brain tissue.

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Patient-Derived Support Cells Stunt Mouse Brain Development

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Support cells generated from patients with childhood onset schizophrenia stunted neural circuit development when grafted into developing mouse brains.

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