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Portrait of Chuck Stevens
Famed Neuroscientist Charles Stevens Dies at 88
His work blended biology and the methods of theoretical physics to explain neural networks. 
Famed Neuroscientist Charles Stevens Dies at 88
Famed Neuroscientist Charles Stevens Dies at 88

His work blended biology and the methods of theoretical physics to explain neural networks. 

His work blended biology and the methods of theoretical physics to explain neural networks. 

synapse formation
Neurons in all sorts of different colors, some glowing
How Fear Restructures the Mouse Brain
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Aug 15, 2022 | 4 min read
By combining deep learning and electron microscopy, researchers now have a more detailed understanding of how fear changes the brain.
Hippocampal neurons are labeled in blue and purple on a black background
New Role for Leptin: Promoting Synapse Formation in Rat Neurons
Abby Olena, PhD | May 20, 2021 | 3 min read
The hormone, which is well known for regulating appetite, appears to influence neuronal development—a finding that could shed light on disorders such as autism that involve dysfunctional synapse formation.
Human Brain Organoids Thrive in Mouse Brains
Ashley Yeager | Apr 16, 2018 | 4 min read
After implantation, the tissue developed blood vessels and became integrated into neuronal networks in the animals’ brains.
Week in Review: May 5–9
Tracy Vence | May 8, 2014 | 4 min read
Synthetic base pairs replicated in vivo; cardiac stem cells questioned; miniature neurotransmissions and synaptic development; neurogenesis and memory loss; STAP saga continues
Minis Ensure Synaptic Maturation
Tracy Vence | May 7, 2014 | 3 min read
Once considered neurotransmission-related noise, scientists now show that the spontaneous release of presynaptic vesicles is imperative for the maturation of Drosophila synapses.
Schizophrenia’s Intricacies
Abby Olena, PhD | Jan 23, 2014 | 2 min read
Two studies provide insight into the genetics of the disorder and show again how complex it is.
Pioneering Neurologist Dies
Chris Palmer | Aug 27, 2013 | 2 min read
Neuroscientist and pediatric neurologist Peter Huttenlocher, who discovered that synapse growth peaks in early childhood, has passed away at age 82.
MIT Lab Retracts Paper
Dan Cossins | Feb 15, 2013 | 2 min read
A paper describing a new method for imaging synapse formation has been retracted after it emerged that the first author falsified data to prove its effectiveness.
Exit Strategy
Hayley Dunning | Nov 1, 2012 | 2 min read
Large RNA-protein packets use a novel mechanism to escape the cell nucleus.
Critical Connections
Karen Hopkin | Dec 1, 2011 | 9 min read
Through a series of sustained collaborations, Joshua Sanes has deciphered the molecular synergy that guides synapse formation.
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