2 May 2013
As a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen in the UK, Gordon Arbuthnott came across a paper by a group in Sweden that introduced him the world of the dopamine, a neurotransmitter commonly dubbed...
Type: News Article
Dopamine Pathways
2 May 2013
In the brain, dopamine helps regulate reward and body movement. As part of the reward pathway, dopamine is produced by neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and released in the nucleus...
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Spiny Neurons Receive Dopamine
2 May 2013
The dendrite branches of spiny neurons are littered with spines, or receptor sites, for neurotransmitters, including dopamine. Spiny neurons play a crucial role in initiating and regulating movements...
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14 Jul 2012
In the brain, cortical neurons fire in response to stimuli from the body, and thalamic neurons provide feedback that regulates the cortical neurons' firing―and thus helps keep the brain functioning...
Type: Video
18 May 2012
These cells grown from embryonic mouse cortex have beautiful green stained dendrites but the red stain would show the presence of spines as lines of dots along the dendrites.  In this control...
Type: Photo
18 May 2012
Brain Mechanisms for Behaviour Unit researchers grew these cells at first in separate compartments. The green cells came from embryonic mouse cortex while the red stains all neuronal dendrites....
Type: Photo
18 May 2012
Brain Mechanism for Behavior Unit researchers are interested in the basic units of which our brains are composed - so called nerve cells or neurons. Since these cells have a diameter of only about 10...
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17 Feb 2012
There are more than 200 researchers at OIST coming from approximately 30 countries.  The OIST “scientific passport” podcasts highlight the interesting backgrounds and fascinating research that...
Type: Event Report
13 Oct 2011
(From left) Dr. Marianela Garcia Munoz, Principal Investigator Dr. Gordon Arbuthnott, Dr. Takuya Hikima, and Ms. Hiroko Chinone.
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13 Mar 2011
In the brain, cells called neurons use ions (electrical charges) and chemicals called neurotransmitters to communicate with one another. Other cells called glia support the neurons in many ways. In...
Type: Video
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