New research 'could thwart memory loss issues'

20 March 2012

A new discovery by Canadian researchers could see people gaining more help when they undertake brain scans to combat memory loss.

The University of Alberta study has established a breakthrough in how memories are decoded into a human being's brain.

Upon studying the molecular mechanism of memory encoding in neurons, the researchers were able to find why some parts of a brain's synaptic membranes are short lived and yet memories can be discovered throughout a lifetime.

During the research, University of Alberta physicist and lead researcher Jack Tuszynski, graduate student Travis Craddock and University of Arizona professor Stuart Hameroff were able to find components which could fit together and create information processing that helps establish and retain memory.

Mr Tuszynski commented: "This could open up amazing new possibilities of dealing with memory loss problems, interfacing our brains with hybrid devices to augment and 'refresh' our memories."

In other developments regarding the brain, researchers at the Toronto Western Research Institute (TWRI), Krembil Neuroscience Center have been successful in creating a drug which is said to limit the amount of brain damage caused after a person has a stroke.

Posted by Philip Briggs

Tuszynski, Jack et al. 'Cytoskeletal Signaling: Is Memory Encoded in Microtuble Lattices by CaMKII Phosphorylation?' PLoS Computational Biology. Monday March 19th 2012.

Tymianski, Michael. 'Treatment of Stroke with a PSD95 inhibitor in the Gyrencephalic Primate Brain'. Nature. Wednesday February 29th 2012.

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