Can COVID-19 aggravate Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Emmeleia Psyllaki Coronavirus disease 2019, widely known as COVID-19, is a very infectious disease that is caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 or SARS-CoV-2 for short1.  The intensity of symptoms of infection can vary from those of a mild to moderate respiratory illness and relatively quick recovery without medical attention to thoseContinue reading Can COVID-19 aggravate Alzheimer’s Disease?

Myelin function and its implication in neurodegeneration

By Alice de Bernardy Myelin insulates neurons and enable a faster nerve conduction across the nervous system. This quite simplistic and straight forward definition presents myelin as an accessory helping us “think fast”. But Myelin’s fundamental role in health and implication in diseases presents it as a major regulator of nervous system integrity and fundamentalContinue reading Myelin function and its implication in neurodegeneration

Metastasis to the brain and how to model it in vitro

By Alice de Bernardy Brain metastases are among the most critical diagnosis in the field of cancer therapies1. But the brain being a well-protected organ, we’ll try here to understand how cancer cells can metastase to the brain and how we can try to study this process in the lab.  But firstly, what is metastasis? It’sContinue reading Metastasis to the brain and how to model it in vitro

A brain in a dish, the future of brain organoids

By Alice de Bernardy Currently, lumbar punction of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) represents the main source of information we have about a brain’s health in vivo. While animal models have allowed for a vast amount of research to be conducted, they can be limiting in reflecting the level of complexity of the Human brain and can’t alwaysContinue reading A brain in a dish, the future of brain organoids

The role of endocannabinoids in a Runner’s High

By Alice de Bernardy *article written in June, 2022 It has widely been shown that exercise improves the mood and makes people “happy”.1 Exercise can result in beneficial outcomes such as raising the level of confidence, taking part in a social activity, and achieving objectives. However, during exercise, one might experience a particular “flow” reaching itsContinue reading The role of endocannabinoids in a Runner’s High

Will smoking really reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease? 

By Themis Halka  Alzheimer’s disease is a preoccupying neurodegenerative disease, and the leading cause of dementia. Treatment of Alzheimer’s disease can only relieve symptoms and slow down neuronal death – there is no cure available to restore the loss of neural tissue. Therefore, acting on the risk factors and finding new neuroprotective agents that couldContinue reading Will smoking really reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease? 

Flowers or flores: The neuroscience underpinning bilingualism

By Laima Susta It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him. German and Spanish are accessible to foreigners: English is not accessible even to Englishmen.1 The above musings on the complexity of language originate from “Pygmalion”, Bernard Shaw’s play in which he explores theContinue reading Flowers or flores: The neuroscience underpinning bilingualism

“The hallmarks of ageing”

By Pia Skok Ageing is defined as a functional decline and deterioration in organism’s lifetime.1 We often associate ageing with decrease in cognitive function, mobility issues and less elastic, more fragile skin. But what are the biochemical reasons behind these commonly observed ageing symptoms? There are nine molecular and cellular hallmarks of ageing that togetherContinue reading ““The hallmarks of ageing””

How DMT Mimics the Near-Death Experience

By Isabelle Hall N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a component of the psychoactive drink ayahuasca (meaning ‘vine of the dead’ or ‘vine of the soul’ in Quechua) , made by boiling or steeping Banisteriopsis caapi vineand Pyschotria viridis leaves.1 The latter contains DMT, with the Banisteriopsis included as a source of β-carbolines such as harmine, which reversibly inhibitContinue reading “How DMT Mimics the Near-Death Experience”

Emotional hijacking: emotions overtaking reason

By Andrea Flores Esparza We have all probably experienced situations where what we are saying does not exactly match with how we are feeling. It is in those situations when say “I am okay” with tears in our eyes or “I am not mad” with a tightening feeling throughout our body that our reasoning clashesContinue reading “Emotional hijacking: emotions overtaking reason”