CMU research sheds light on brain function

file000894312228 (1)New research out of Central Michigan University is exploring the way light can be used to restore brain function.

Researchers are injecting brains of research animals with light producing and light sensing proteins. They’re finding that allows them to control connections between neurons.

The research recently received a roughly 2 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Ute Hochgeswender is the lead researcher. She said control over neurons could help with things like depression, memory decline, and autism.

“In the longer run that’s one of our goals: in cases of neural degeneration or in cases of neural injury we can basically re-wire connections which have been lost or injured and don’t work anymore properly.”

The grant will fund three years of research.