The Future for Memory Research
Professor Ron Davis discusses exciting future directions in memory research.
The future for memory research, I believe, is going to be just phenomenally exciting. We are at the point now, that we are just beginning to understand all of the genes, or many of the genes, important for how memories are formed. We are just starting to understand all the neurons that are required for how memories are formed â€“ not only in model systems like fruit flies, but in other model systems like rodents and humans. During this next period there will be increased focus on genes and also on defining the cells. But in this period as well thereâ€™s going to be an emphasis, a shift, in trying to understand how diseases of human learning occur, and whether what weâ€™ve learned about memory formation in model systems applies to diseases of human memory. I predict that for many of the diseases of human learning, including Alzheimerâ€™s disease and schizophrenia, we will be able to obtain really phenomenal insights from the basic research weâ€™ve accomplished over the last few decades.
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Professor Ron Davis discusses the attributes that make the fruit fly a good model for studying memory in humans.
Professor Ron Davis describes how memories are formed through the addition of new synapses.
Professor Ron Davis discusses how his lab observed that short term memories are formed through the recruitment of new synapses.
Professor Ron Davis explains that short-term memories are formed by recruiting new synapses. It is unknown whether long-term memories are formed in the same way.
Professor Ron Davis explains that the gene CREB is important to memory. Blocking CREB expression, blocks short-term memory formation.
An overview of Alzheimer's disease-related content on Genes to Cognition Online.
Reelin is a gene that is important to learning and memory. It is also a candidate gene for autism, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's disease.
Professor Pat Levitt explains that while schizophrenia is rarely seen in childhood, there are early signs of developmental problems.
Professor Seth Grant outlines one way in which the Genes to Cognition Research Programme uses model organisms to study learning and memory in humans.
Professor Eric Kandel discusses the attributes that make Aplysia, a type of sea slug, an ideal model for studying learning and memory.