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Reading the Brain’s Map: Coordinated Brain Activation Supports Spatial Learning and Decision-Making

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NIH-supported study finds that spatial “replay” in neurons may help rats learn how to navigate toward goals.

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Schizophrenia Risk Gene Linked to Cognitive Deficits in Mice

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Mice with an impaired version of one the few genes definitively linked to schizophrenia showed abnormalities in working memory, mimicking those commonly seen in schizophrenia patients.

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Gene Regulators Work Together for Oversized Impact on Schizophrenia Risk

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Gene expression regulators work together to raise an individual’s risk of developing schizophrenia. Schizophrenia-like gene expression changes modeled in human neurons matched changes found in patients’ brains.

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NIH BRAIN Initiative Tool May Transform How Scientists Study Brain Structure and Function

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Researchers have developed a high-tech support system that can keep a large mammalian brain from rapidly decomposing in the hours after death, enabling study of certain molecular and cellular functions.

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Ketamine Reverses Neural Changes Underlying Depression-Related Behaviors in Mice

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Researchers have identified ketamine-induced brain-related changes that are responsible for maintaining the remission of behaviors related to depression in mice — findings that may help researchers develop interventions that promote lasting remission of depression in humans.

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Mega Docking Library Poised to Speed Drug Discovery

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Researchers have launched an ultra-large virtual docking library expected to grow to more than 1 billion molecules by next year. It will expand by 1000-fold the number of such “make-on-demand” compounds readily available to scientists for chemical biology and drug discovery.

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Puerto Rico’s “Fear Lab” Mentors Neuroscience Rigor amid Diversity

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A lineage of young neuroscientists from diverse backgrounds trace their scientific roots to a “fear lab” in Puerto Rico that the National Institutes of Health has been supporting for two decades.

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New Findings Reveal Surprising Role of the Cerebellum in Reward and Social Behaviors

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A new study in rodents has demonstrated, for the first time, that the brain’s cerebellum plays a role in controlling reward and social preference behavior—findings that shed light on the brain circuits critical to the affective and social dysfunction seen across multiple psychiatric disorders.

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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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