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    Stress-Coping Mechanism Helps Mice Make New Friends

    What makes us reluctant or willing to leave our social comfort zones? Prof. Alon Chen and his team in the Department of Neurobiology found that a molecule that helps the brain cope with stress appeared to act as a ""social switch"" in mice, causing them to either increase interactions with ""friends"" or seek to meet ""strangers."" Since a similar system exists in the human brain, the findings may help explain why some people are better at making new friends, and shed light on the social difficulties experienced by those with autism, schizophrenia, and more.

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    Past Brain Activation Revealed in Scans

    By studying brain wave patterns, Weizmann scientists found that such patterns preserve traces of previous cognitive activity. Like archaeologists, they may be able to uncover our history of past experiences, possibly revealing what makes us unique. It could also potentially enable diagnosis of neuropsychological diseases.

  • Science Tips, June 2012

    Three updates from the Weizmann Institute: losing money sheds light on the evolutionary conditioning behind PTSD; blocking a chemical messenger stops cancer; and a ""microprocessor"" balances efficiency and specificity in RNA.

  • Science Tips, February 2012

    Three updates from the Weizmann Institute: Weizmann is a European Integrated Structural Biology Infrastructure Core Centre; how cells are able to endure starvation; and an ""on/off"" switch in the brain helps regulate a biochemical signal related to stress.

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    McLean Hospital Launches Alliance with Weizmann Institute of Science to Advance Neuropsychiatric Care

    McLean Hospital – a psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School – and the Weizmann Institute ""are launching an alliance that will lead to further understanding of neuropsychiatric disorders"" and, accordingly, new treatments. Prof. Rony Paz leads the effort from Israel. Initial focus will be on depression, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders.

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    Israeli scientist: Stronger immune system could cure Alzheimer’s

    The Weizmann Institute’s Prof. Michal Schwartz has been developing ways to use the immune system to treat devastating injuries. As Israel21c reports, this “powerhouse” is now studying whether an enhanced immune system can treat anxiety and other brain disorders, and even – most exciting of all – potentially cure Alzheimer’s.

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    Healing a Battle-Scarred Mind

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a signature injury of war, wreaking havoc on mental states long after a soldier returns home. <em>Cosmos</em> magazine reports on scientists' search for the causes of PTSD, and the ""unlikely answer: the immune system."" This finding did not, however, surprise Weizmann's Prof. Michal Schwartz, ""first in the world to suggest that the immune system can help the brain.""

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    Richard Price's Personal Story Brings Weizmann Gala Crowd to its Feet

    Richard Price, honoree of the Midwest Region's 2015 Gala, brought 800 guests to their feet with the story of his son's struggle with mental illness and why he supports the Weizmann Institute. The American Committee event raised over $1.8 million, including funds to help establish a Weizmann scholarship for brain research in Price's name.

  • Courage

    Weizmann neurobiologists used snakes and fMRI to study what happens in our brains when we are distressed—work that may lead to new treatments for overcoming fear. Read The Wall Street Journal's story.