Innovations in Neuroscience


Innovations in Neuroscience

“Mind Control” Technology Takes Another Step

Scientists at Newcastle University’s Institute of Neuroscience have gained notoriety recently for their advances in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a technique that may someday be used to restore movement to individuals affected by disability or paralysis.

In an article published by The Guardian (August 22, 2015), journalist Tom Ireland profiles the group and explores how advances in in brain-to-brain interfacing may change the scope of neurologic intervention.

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Neuroscientist Wins MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant

Among this year’s MacArthur Foundation Fellows class is neuroscientist Beth Stevens, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology at FM Kirby Neurobiology Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. According to the Foundation, Dr. Stevens’s research into microglial cells is shifting thinking about the healthy brain as well as adult neurological diseases. Specifically, her findings suggest that adult diseases caused by deficient neural architecture or states of neurodegeneration may result from impaired microglial function and abnormal activation of its signaling pathway.

To learn more about Dr. Stevens’s research, visit

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