Neuroscience is for everybody! Knowing Neurons is a website focused on educating college level students and the general public about the field of neuroscience and the role of biomedical research in advancing medical knowledge.
We publish articles that highlight recent advances in neuroscience and exciting new scientific technologies. Our writers are masters, graduate, and post-doctoral students, who are experts in their field of neuroscience. To keep our articles approachable, we support each article with useful visuals, easy-to-follow illustrations, and infographics.
The goal of Knowing Neurons is to energize and educate young scientists in an exciting and dynamic way, while emphasizing the importance of fundamental research in revealing the inner workings of the mind.
Knowing Neurons's Latest Posts
Huntington’s disease (HD) is an incredibly debilitating neurodegenerative disorder. Currently, there is no treatment that effectively reverses the progression of the disease or delays its onset. Huntington’s is a particularly difficult diagnosis because it is an autosomal dominant degenerative disease, meaning that any child of an affected parent has a 50% chance of inheriting the … Continue reading →
Pecho-Vrieseling E., Sascha Fuchs, Dorothee Bleckmann, Maria Soledad Esposito, Paolo Botta, Chris Goldstein, Mario Bernhard, Ivan Galimberti, Matthias Müller & Andreas Lüthi & (2014). Transneuronal propagation of mutant huntingtin contributes to non–cell autonomous pathology in neurons, Nature Neuroscience, 17 (8) 1064-1072. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nn.3761
The Knowing Neurons team accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! We nominate EyeWire, Kerri Smith of Neurpod, Dan Ariely, and Oliver Sacks! ~ Infographic by Jooyeun Lee, Anita Ramanthan, Kate Fehlhaber, and Jillian Shaw. ~ References: Renton A.E. & Bryan J Traynor (2013). State of play in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis genetics, Nature Neuroscience, 17 … Continue reading →
Renton A.E. & Bryan J Traynor (2013). State of play in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis genetics, Nature Neuroscience, 17 (1) 17-23. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nn.3584
Vucic S., Rothstein J.D. & Kiernan M.C. (2014). Advances in treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: insights from pathophysiological studies., Trends in neurosciences, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24927875
Ferraiuolo L., Andrew J. Grierson, Michael Sendtner & Pamela J. Shaw (2011). Molecular pathways of motor neuron injury in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Nature Reviews Neurology, 7 (11) 616-630. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nrneurol.2011.152
Andersen P.M. (2011). Clinical genetics of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: what do we really know?, Nature Reviews Neurology, 7 (11) 603-615. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nrneurol.2011.150
Dion P.A. & Guy A. Rouleau (2009). Genetics of motor neuron disorders: new insights into pathogenic mechanisms, Nature Reviews Genetics, 10 (11) 769-782. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nrg2680