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    New German-Israeli Laboratory Inaugurated at the Weizmann Institute

    The just-established Max Planck – Weizmann Laboratory for Experimental Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurogenetics, led by Weizmann's Prof. Alon Chen, will work to untangle the complex causes of cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and neurological disorders. Some 450 million people worldwide suffer from some form of mental illness.

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    Understanding Alzheimer's

    Prof. Joel Sussman has spent years studying Alzheimer's disease. His ongoing research holds promise not only for better understanding, but also for improved medicines to treat this devastating condition.

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    An End to the Winter Blues?

    Is the long winter bringing you down? Do TV and comfort food sound better than going out? If so, you might be among the 11 million Americans who get the winter blues. Remedies for seasonal depression are limited – but happily, the Weizmann Institute is working hard to shine light on depression's many causes, offering the hope of new, improved treatments.

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    Bats Offer New Directions in Brain Research

    Dr. Nachum Ulanovsky is gaining fresh insight on memory and the brain, thanks to a novel research subject: the bat. Free-flying and with excellent memories, bats could provide new understanding of a range of neurological conditions, such as Alzheimer's.

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    Placing That Smell

    New research by Prof. Noam Sobel and his team at the Weizmann Institute shows that odors can be rated on a scale of pleasantness, and this turns out to be an organizing principle for the way we experience smell.

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    The Autism Puzzle: What the Weizmann Institute is Doing to Solve It

    The CDC estimates that 1 in 68 children has autism, and identifying its complex causes is difficult. Fortunately, Weizmann Institute researchers are approaching autism from a number of fresh directions – such as smell and light – in order to piece together its puzzle and develop new means of early diagnosis and better therapies.

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    Reaction to Smells May Help Diagnose Autism, Study Suggests

    <em>The New York Times</em> reports on new research from Prof. Noam Sobel's olfaction lab, where scientists found that a simple smell test can identify autistic children with 81% accuracy. The more impaired the child, the slower their reaction to unpleasant smells. The team hopes the test – which requires only breathing – can be used as an early diagnosis method.