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Researchers are used to stepping out of their labs to collaborate with colleagues across the hall. But with the advent of Internet technology, researchers are crisscrossing states--even oceans--to collaborate without leaving their labs.1 Nicolas Bazan, director of the Louisiana State University Neuroscience Center, New Orleans, started such an endeavor with Julio Alvarez-Builla, professor of organic chemistry at the Universidad de Alcala in Spain, six years ago. Bazan describes the collaboration as "multidisciplinary and discovery-motivated research in neuroscience."

Bazan has been unraveling cellular and molecular events involved with neuronal response to ischemia (loss of blood flow) and to seizures. His research focuses on retinal degeneration, stroke, epilepsy, and most recently neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and head trauma. "Though these diseases seem very different, they have common denominators," says Bazan. They follow similar mechanisms early in pathology to turn on signal transduction pathways that lead...

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