A neuroscientist has just found an area of the brain hitherto unknown. The newly identified brain region could inform scientists' efforts to cure neurological diseases such as Parkinson's disease or motor neuron. Due to technological advances in recent years, medical science has made great leaps – many with vast implications for medical and neuroscientific research.
For example, scientists created an innovative method that allowed them to record one million neurons at once, as well as decode real-time neural activity.
The techniques gave researchers access to meaningful data in milliseconds.
Advanced data processing techniques like these mean that we are able to delve deeper into the depths of our brains – an organ with 100 billion neurons and amazing processing power that we are just beginning to understand.
A new discovery revealed a part of the human brain that was unknown so far. The prof. George Paxinos, an anatomist at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) – an independent medical research institute in Sydney – suspected a new brain area for three decades.
The researcher, a brain mapping specialist, has only been able to confirm his suspicions with the help of innovative coloring and brain imaging techniques.
Prof. Paxinos called the brain area Nucleus Endorestiformand he detailed his discovery in his book Human Brain Stem: Cytoarchitecture, Chemioarchitecture, Mieloarchitecture.
Source: Medical News Today
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