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New technologies for the study of the brain

How can an artificial material instruct neurons and influence their behaviour? And what developments can we expect in the cure of neuro degenerative diseases or psychiatric diseases?

These are some of the questions which Laura Ballerini, Professor of Neurosciences at International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) addressed her study on the brain.

Applying nanotechnologies, the team created a 3D structure that allows for the observation of neuronal behaviour while they grow, connect and dialogue with each other, overcoming the current limitations of vitro culture methods.