$145,000 to help researchers investigate how the adult brain grows new cells

August 10, 2016

Dr. Jing Wang received $145K from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to investigate the molecular mechanisms that use environmental cues to give rise to new neurons in the adult brain. The part of the brain in charge of memory and navigation, called the hippocampus, contains one of the major zones where new neurons are generated in the adult brain. Researchers already know that exercise, aging, and physically or socially stimulating environments can affect the generation of new neurons in this zone. However, they do not know which mechanisms in the brain cause this to happen. Wang and her team will investigate how the previously-identified environmentally directed pathway affects the development of new neurons throughout adulthood.

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