Head injuries could be a risk factor for developing brain cancer

Head injuries could be a risk factor for developing brain cancer Researchers from the UCL Cancer Institute have provided important molecular understanding of how injury may contribute to the development of a relatively rare but often aggressive form of brain tumour called a glioma. Read the full article here

Three or more concussions linked with worse brain function in later life

Three or more concussions linked with worse brain function in later life Experiencing three or more concussions is linked with worsened brain function in later life, according to major new research. The study — the largest of its kind — also found having just one moderate-to-severe concussion, or traumatic brain injury (TBI), can have a […]

New hydrogel stem cell treatment repairs injured brain tissue in mice

New hydrogel stem cell treatment repairs injured brain tissue in mice A new ‘hybrid’ hydrogel, which allows clinicians to safely deliver stem cells to the site of a brain injury in mice, has been developed by researchers from the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University. A hydrogel is a water-based gel that can […]

Distinct brain networks associated with risk and resilience in depression

Distinct brain networks associated with risk and resilience in depression A new study that links the location of brain injury to levels of depression in patients following the injury has identified two distinct brain networks; one associated with increased depression symptoms and one associated with decreased depression symptoms. The large-scale study expands on previous findings […]

Harnessing the immune system to treat traumatic brain injury in mice

Harnessing the immune system to treat traumatic brain injury in mice Researchers have designed a targeted therapeutic treatment that restricts brain inflammation. The effectiveness of this approach in improving outcomes was demonstrated following brain injury, stroke or multiple sclerosis in mice. The system increases the number of regulatory T cells, mediators of the immune system’s […]

Scientists uncover a new role for blood-brain barrier in neuron function and damage

Scientists uncover a new role for blood-brain barrier in neuron function and damage While the role of the blood-brain barrier has long been appreciated for its ability to maintain precise control over what molecules can enter the nervous system, very little is known about how the cells that form the barrier influence the function of […]

Mild traumatic brain injury increases risk of behavioral and emotional problems in kids

Mild traumatic brain injury increases risk of behavioral and emotional problems in kids University of Rochester researchers have been at the forefront of efforts to understand how blows to the head impact the brain, including how concussions change brain structure . Now researchers at the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience have found that kids who […]

Surprising culprit worsens stroke, TBI damage

Surprising culprit worsens stroke, TBI damage A new study provides for the first time the surprising evidence that four common nonexcitatory amino acids that usually make proteins which are essential to brain function, instead cause irreversible, destructive swelling of both the astrocytes that support neurons and the neurons themselves in the aftermath of stroke, TBI. […]

Neuroscientists create maps of the brain after traumatic brain injury

Neuroscientists create maps of the brain after traumatic brain injury Scientists from the University of California, Irvine have discovered that an injury to one part of the brain changes the connections between nerve cells across the entire brain. The new research was published this week in Nature Communications. Every year in the United States, nearly […]