The art of neurogenesis

Neurogenesis– the creation of new neurons in the brain– was conventionally believed to only occur in the growing brains of infants and children.  In the 1960s, data started appearing that showed the birth of new neurons in adult, fully formed brains.  Now, 40 years later, adult neurogenesis is one of the more robust fields of study in the neurosciences.

Jason Snyder studies adult neurogenesis in Heather Cameron’s lab at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD.  Snyder’s research focuses on neurogenesis in the hippocampus, highlighting the role of these new neurons in such fundamental behaviors as memory formation and learning.

Here are some of Snyder’s images made using electrophysiological techniques for studying the brain.

Further images can be enjoyed at The Beautiful Brain:

GFAP and TK staining around the ventral portion of the 3rd ventricle: image Jason Snyder

Tissue stained for doublecortin and NeuN: image Jason Snyder


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