Our brains are made up of around 100 billion neurons – more than the number of stars in the Milky Way. Unpicking how this complex organ detects, stores and responds to information is an immense task. But new techniques are producing great excitement among neuroscientists.
By understanding how neurons develop and form complex circuits, how these circuits bring about different behaviours, and why these circuits break down in disease, Crick researchers are pushing the boundaries of what we know about our nervous system.
The result will not only be much-needed treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, but could also hold the key to understanding consciousness, intelligence and memory.