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A Glance in the Brain

The primate brain is highly specialized, allowing us an incredible range of experiences. This microscopic photo captures cells within a brain region, the hippocampus, involved with learning and memory. Every lived experience that we are able to remember has boosted the formation of new connections in our brains. These connections are affected in diseases that impair memory, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). Here, we can observe cells involved with the brain inflammatory response. These cells are upregulated in the brains of AD patients. This technique allows us to better understand how our brains work and how they are altered by diseases.
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Arts and Science
Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs
Health Sciences
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Invisible discoveries
[A microscopic photo of cells within a brain region]
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Faculty of Arts and Science
School of Graduate Studies
Faculty of Health Sciences
Health, Wellness and the Determinants of Human Health
Patient-Oriented Research, Transformative Health Care and Health Promotion
Analytics, Healthcare and Promotion across Populations and Cultures
Centre for Neuroscience Studies (CNS)
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Centre for Neuroscience Studies, Queen's University
Photographer's name: 
Natalia de Menezes Lyra e Silva
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Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre for Neuroscience Studies