May 10, 2010

Advanced Neuroscience Website

One of the Advanced Neuroscience (Neur 401) classes created a website on neurogenesis, the course topic for the semester. Neurogenesis, or the birth of new neurons, occurs during development and creates the cellular layers of the nervous systems. For a long time, scientists thought the production of new neurons ended with birth. New technology forced a reassessment of that conclusion, and neuroscientists now have evidence that the production of new neurons continues at a low rate through lifespan in particular regions of the brain. Neurogenesis also is thought to have a role in some fundamental processes like learning and memory and may be a factor in neurological disease. Check out a review of this field including a game called Netris at the class website.