Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
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11/10/2017
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He's the first person to ever have watched memory be formed.

Italian neuroscientist  Flavio Donato  used to think he had a pretty good idea how our brain worked: as an “orderly mess” of neurons and synapses, with input and stimuli from the outside creating branches and pathways in our brains.
Then he built a brain.

“Basically, we’re studying the part of the brain that controls memory formation and navigation,” Donato said from his lab in Norway. A postdoctoral fellow at the Kavil Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Donato has devoted his work to the brain’s medial temporal lobe, a region that researchers haven’t completely figured out yet. Donato’s work in figuring out the medial temporal lobe not only earned him the 2017 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology, it’s got neuroscientists rethinking everything they thought they knew about how our brain works.

Can a simple virus rebuild our failing memory?

Buckle Up a Helmet to Save a Life
Anyone who does so is tempting fate, risking a potentially life-changing disaster. And that goes for all users of bike-share programs, like New York’s Citi Bike, who think nothing of pulling a bike from its station and cycling helmetless on streets, with and without bike lanes, among often reckless traffic on foot and wheels.

Even a careful cyclist is likely to crash about once every 4,500 miles and, based on personal observation, many city cyclists are anything but careful. Although reliable details are lacking on bike share accidents in New York or elsewhere, one shattering statistic reported by New York City for cyclists in general stands out: 97 percent of cycling deaths and 87 percent of serious injuries occurred to people who were not wearing helmets.
Head injuries account for three-fourths of the roughly 700 bicycle deaths that occur each year nationwide, and helmets can prevent or reduce the severity of these injuries in two-thirds of cases, according to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Arlington, Va. This protection holds  even in crashes with motor vehicles , researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle reported as long ago as 2000, a statistic verified many times since.

You already know this, but Jane Brody's article is both interesting and informative.

Photo: Bob Donnan, USA TODAY Sports
Costas spoke alongside USA TODAY Sports columnist Christine Brennan and ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon at the university’s annual Shirley Povich Symposium, named after the late Washington Post sports columnist. The panel touched on a wide range of topics, including Jemele Hill’s suspension at ESPN and the ever-changing landscape of sports journalism, but the future of football became a recurring theme.

Kornheiser likened football's trajectory to that of boxing, saying that safety concerns could make the game obsolete in the coming decades.

“It’s not going to happen this year, and it’s not going to happen in five years or 10 years," Kornheiser said. "But Bob is right: At some point, the cultural wheel turns just a little bit, almost imperceptibly, and parents say, ‘I don’t want my kids to play.’ And then it becomes only the province of the poor, who want it for economic reasons to get up and out.

"If they don’t find a way to make it safe, and we don’t see how they will ... the game's not going to be around. It's not."

Whichever side you fall on this question, it's pretty much agreed that, as it has over the last century, the sport will have to change to survive.
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 2) What We Are Reading That You Might Enjoy...
At the crossroads of art and science,  Beautiful Brain  presents Nobel Laureate Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s contributions to neuroscience through his groundbreaking artistic brain imagery.
 
Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852–1934) was the father of modern neuroscience and an exceptional artist. He devoted his life to the anatomy of the brain, the body’s most complex and mysterious organ. His superhuman feats of visualization, based on fanatically precise techniques and countless hours at the microscope, resulted in some of the most remarkable illustrations in the history of science.  Beautiful Brain  presents a selection of his exquisite drawings of brain cells, brain regions, and neural circuits with accessible descriptive commentary.
 
This book is the companion to a traveling exhibition opening at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis in February 2017, marking the first time that many of these works, which are housed at the Instituto Cajal in Madrid, have been seen outside of Spain.
 
Beautiful Brain  showcases Cajal’s contributions to neuroscience, explores his artistic roots and achievement, and looks at his work in relation to contemporary neuroscience imaging, appealing to general readers and professionals alike.
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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

“The human body has limitations. The human spirit is boundless."


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