Neuroscientists Create Most Detailed Map Ever of Hippocampus

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A team of neuroscientists at the University of Southern California Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute has produced the most detailed atlas yet of the hippocampus — the brain’s memory bank.

Brain mapping helps neuroscientists understand how specific areas function and how to create new drugs and targeted treatments. Image credit: Jim Stanis and Tyler Ard, USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute.

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The human hippocampus sits at the base of the brain. It stores memories, helps regulate emotions and guides navigation by spatial processing.

It’s the first part of the brain impaired by Alzheimer’s; hippocampus degeneration also can cause epilepsy and other diseases.

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“Like a new atlas, we’ve constructed the most detailed diagram of the hippocampus to date. With a better map, we can see each region and how it functions,” said Dr. Michael Bienkowski, co-lead author of the study.

“A better map is a resource scientists can use to better understand the hippocampus and how its degeneration leads to diseases.”

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“Researchers can use the new map of the hippocampus to deliver genetically targeted drugs to specific neurons with fewer side effect,” said Dr. Hong-Wei Dong, co-lead author...
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