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Despite the halting progress, so far, in developing drugs to combat memory loss in old age, there is something profoundly uplifting about the great discovery of Dr. Kandel’s career, and it may be a legitimate source of...
Joel E. Kleinman, M.D., Ph.D., winner of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research in 2011, is working to unravel the mystery of what goes awry in the...
Cognitive abilities tend to decline with age. Although there is considerable variability in degree from one person to another, a large percentage of the very old develop dementia. By contrast, depression is not a normal...
In people with autism spectrum disorders, nerve cells in the prefrontal cortex and other brain regions show subtle defects. Rare genetic mutations account for only about 10 percent of autism cases. The cause of the...