2nd Locus Coeruleus imaging meeting in Magdeburg

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It is with great pleasure that we announce our second Locus Coeruleus imaging meeting in Magdeburg on the 12/13th of December 2019.

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Upcoming Talk by Dr. Esther Kühn

15.05.2019 -

Esther Kuehn gives a talk at the OHBM 2019 [Rome, Italy]

Title: "Quality Control of Functional MRI at 7T"

Session: "Taking Control of Your Neuroimaging Data: Understanding artefacts and quantifying quality fMRI at the Resolution Scale of Cortical Columns and Layers"


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14th Long Night of Science at IKND/DZNE

20.05.2019 -

Visit us at the 14th Long Night of Science on 25th May 2019 from 18:00!

You will find us in house 64 on the premises of the Universitätsmedizin Magdeburg (stop Fermersleber Weg or Universitätsklinikum, easily reachable by line 6 or 9).

During this event you can attend interesting lectures, take a look behind the scenes of research and our scientific studies, inform yourself about current projects and get in direct contact with our scientists. In addition, you can experience research for yourself, find out how sport can help your memory by trying out the brain ergometer training and test your memory, either by app or immerse yourself in a virtual reality (VR) within our VR memory room. You can also find our program and all other highlights of this evening here.


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Project completion TEAMSenior

15.05.2019 -

On 14.05.2019 the closing event of the joint project "TEAMSenior" took place at the Leibniz Institute of Neurobiology in Magdeburg from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"TEAMSenior" is a subproject of the research network "Autonomy in Old Age". The project is funded by the European Fund for Regional Development (ERDF) in the period from 01.01.2016 to 30.06.2019 and aims to develop a prevention and care strategy for people with dementia with the help of volunteer seniors.

All study participants, relatives and volunteers were invited to the final meeting. The head of the project Prof. Dr. Emrah Düzel, the sports scientist Andreas Becke and the gerontologist Nancy Busse presented some results of the study group to the 40 participants and afterwards invited to a lunch buffet.

The study team would like to take this opportunity to thank all participants once again for their participation and commitment!

 Abschluss TEAMSenior

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New paper in Nature Neurosience

13.05.2019 -

IKND researchers have investigated the development of the brain during the transition from adolescence to adulthood and find an increasing risk of psychiatric disorders. Their results have been published in the journal "Nature Neuroscience".

Ziegler G, Hauser TU, Moutoussis M, Bullmore ET, Goodyer IM, Fonagy, Jones PB; NSPN Consortium, Lindenberger U, Dolan RJ.Compulsivity and impulsivity traits linked to attenuated developmental frontostriatal myelination trajectories. Nature Neuroscience, 2019 May 13. doi: 10.1038/s41593-019-0394-3

The transition from adolescence to adulthood is a period when ongoing brain development coincides with a substantially increased risk of psychiatric disorders. The developmental brain changes accounting for this emergent psychiatric symptomatology remain obscure.

Capitalizing on a unique longitudinal dataset that includes in vivo myelin-sensitive magnetization transfer (MT) MRI scans, we show that this developmental period is characterized by brain-wide growth in MT trajectories within both gray matter and adjacent juxtacortical white matter. In this healthy population, the expression of common developmental traits, namely compulsivity and impulsivity, is tied to a reduced growth of these MT trajectories in fronto-striatal regions. These findings highlight that psychiatric traits of compulsivity and impulsivity are linked to regionally specific reductions in myelin-related growth in late adolescent brain development.


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