Unique Neuron Can Guide our way Home by Turning Compasses into a Gyroscope

June 28, 2021

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Presented by Michigan News

U-M psychology, neuroscience, and biomedical engineering assistant professor and lead author Omar Ahmed discusses a unique brain cell that is in part of the region that helps us move from place to place. This brain cell is found only in the retrosplenial cortex where it receives incoming signals from other parts of the brain. Working with mice using a technique called optogenetics, Ahmed notes their research findings in which these “small neurons evolved specifically to support spatial navigation.” The faculty expert further highlights the study’s results and how to help prevent spatial disorientation for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

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