Sneak peek into the nanoworld of brain cells

Protein essential for neuronal communication viewed via super-resolution microscopy. Credit: University of Queensland A University of Queensland team is among the first in neuroscience to see the brain’s tiniest molecules in action and plot their movements. Professor Fred Meunier’s laboratory at the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research at the Queensland Brain Institute has developed a breakthrough technique in super-resolution microscopy. “The technique will be revolutionary for neuroscientists and cell biologists,” Professor Meunier said. “This is an exciting time, as we’ve opened the door for many more ground-breaking studies that will change our view of how molecules function to make the brain work. “These images could further our understanding of memory, learning, and neurodegenerative diseases.” The breakthrough imaging technique captures the movement of molecules within synapses – structures connecting…


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