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Of Mice and Memory

posted Sep 22, 2010, 7:55 AM by Sami Rae F   [ updated Sep 22, 2010, 11:55 AM ]
Cognition and memory improve dramatically in mice when brain compound levels were decreased.

ScienceDaily (July 6, 2010) — For the first time, scientists have linked a brain compound called kynurenic acid to cognition, possibly opening doors for new ways to enhance memory function and treat catastrophic brain diseases, according to a new study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. When researchers decreased the levels of kynurenic acid in the brains of mice, their cognition was shown to improve markedly, according to the study, which was published in the July issue of the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. The study is the result of decades of pioneering research in the lab of Robert Schwarcz, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry, pediatrics and pharmacology and experimental therapeutics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine