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Forming memories through CaMKII

Dec. 19, 2017—Vanderbilt researchers have identified an interaction between two proteins that play a role in learning and memory.

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Study explores nicotine patch to treat mild cognitive impairment

Nov. 2, 2017—Three years ago Reece Dean, of Nashville’s Bellevue community, retired at age 69 from a career as a busy truck driver. Mary Ann, his wife, began to notice some changes in his memory and behavior since he was home more consistently.

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Discovery Lecturer Kandel tackles age-related memory loss

May. 11, 2017—Eric Kandel, M.D., who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2000 for discovering molecular mechanisms of memory storage, told the crowd at last week’s Flexner Discovery Lecture that he has recently become interested in memory in the aging brain.

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Dementia linked to diet

Feb. 7, 2017—Some memory deficits observed in Alzheimer’s disease may be due to co-morbid illnesses – not the disease itself – and may be reversed by lifestyle changes or pharmacologic interventions.

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New player in neuronal communication

May. 1, 2015—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered a novel mechanism for the development of dendritic spines – sites of nerve cell communication.

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New insight into how brain makes memories

Apr. 23, 2015—Vanderbilt researchers have identified the role that a key protein associated with autism and the co-occurrence of alcohol dependency and depression plays in forming the spines that create new connections in the brain.

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New insight on how brain performs ‘mental time travel’

Feb. 17, 2015—A new brain mapping study pinpoints the areas of the brain responsible for “mental time travel."

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Memory intact in early psychosis

Feb. 16, 2012—Brain deficits are not present in the early stages of schizophrenia, suggesting it may be possible to delay or prevent the development of brain abnormalities.

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VUCast Newscast: Inside a Preds coach’s deep brain stimulation surgery

Jan. 27, 2012—This Week on VUCast, Vanderbilt’s weekly newscast  highlighting  research, experts, students, sports and everything Vanderbilt: ·         Inside A Preds coach’s deep brain stimulation surgery ·         How nicotine could impact memory ·         Why a research lab wants Vandy undergrads

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Memories may skew visual perception

Jul. 19, 2011—Taking a trip down memory lane while you are driving could land you in a roadside ditch, new research indicates. Vanderbilt University psychologists have found that our visual perception can be contaminated by memories of what we have recently seen, impairing our ability to properly understand and act on what we are currently seeing. “,”...

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Spying on shape-shifting enzyme

Mar. 18, 2011—New molecular views of an enzyme may inform therapies for neurological, psychiatric or cardiac diseases.

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Schizophrenics better at some memory tasks

Jan. 28, 2011—Individuals with schizophrenia are better at some cognitive tasks than average people, new research from Vanderbilt University indicates. The findings open the door for potential new therapies for these individuals. “We found a pocket of spared or enhanced ability in patients with schizophrenia when almost everything else is impaired,” Vanderbilt psychologist Sohee Park, co-author of...

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