Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – August 2015

For this article, I’ve made a selection of interesting publications that came out in August. There were many interesting developments, both in fundamental neuroscience and neurology, and in practical aspects of dealing with brain-related diseases and disorders. On August 20, the scientific community marked the birthday of Roger Sperry, who received the 1981 Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology for his works on “split-brain” patients (i.e. the patients in whom the corpus callosum which connects the two brain hemispheres had been severed). The works of Prof. Sperry helped to establish that two hemispheres of human brain do have different functions and often work independently. THE BEST Neuronal activity protects against neurodegeneration It was well known for some time already that neural activity protects neurons against neurodegenerative diseases. Now a molecular…

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