We are rapidly demystifying cancers, exposing the molecular mechanisms underlying tumors and leading the search for the next generation of targeted cancer therapies. We see a future where every cancer and every patient has a cure.
Professor John Reynolds and Senior Postdoctoral Fellow Tom Franken have discovered that neurons deep in the brain’s cortex are the first to compute which side of a visual border is an object versus a background. Through recording the activity of neurons in different layers of the cortex, the scientists were able to determine which particular cells were processing this border. Their discovery helps reveal how neurons communicate to supply us with internal representations of the external world. This work also provides researchers with better tools for diagnosing and treating brain disorders, such as schizophrenia.

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