ION Quarterly Report
Autumn-Winter 2014
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ISSUE INDEX
From the Director POO Mu-Ming
Faculty of the season: Dr. DU Jiu-lin
New roles of the medial prefrontal cortex in working memory
Monkeys can learn to see themselves in the mirror
Molecular mechanisms of mechanical nociception in Drosophila larvae
Emotional valence map in the limbic forebrain revealed
ION scientists received 2014 National Natural Science Award
Dr. YU Xiang of ION won the 11th Chinese Female Scientist Awards
From the Director POO Mu-Ming

As part of a major drive for excellence in basic research in the new millennium, the Chinese Academy of Sciences founded the Institute of Neuroscience (ION) on November 27, 1999. The institute is devoted to research in all areas of basic neuroscience, including molecular, cellular and developmental neurobiology, systems and computational neuroscience, as well as cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. At its inception, the Institute aims to establish the infrastructure...

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Faculty of the season: Dr. DU Jiu-lin

For Dr. DU Jiu-lin, the saying “seeing is believing” has profound meaning. After all, his lab studies the intricate visual system that allows us to perceive. They do so, by peering into the dynamic inner-workings of cells under sophisticated microscopes. Jiulin started his training in neuroscience over twenty years ago, dissecting bullfrog retina on the third floor of the same building where his lab is now located. At a time when patch clamp recording in brain...

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New roles of the medial prefrontal cortex in working memory

A recent publication in Science by Dr. LI Chengyu's group at ION demonstrated that the delay period activity in the medial prefrontal cortex is critical for learning a working memory task. Previous studies have shown that the prefrontal cortex (PFC) is crucial for working memory. However, the functional role of PFC ...

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Monkeys can learn to see themselves in the mirror

Unlike humans and great apes, when rhesus monkeys look in the mirror, they do not realize that it is their own face looking back at them. However, a recent study published in Current Biology by Dr. GONG neng’s group at ION shows that rhesus monkeys can learn to recognize themselves in the mirror following training. What’s more, once the rhesus monkeys in the study developed ...

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Molecular mechanisms of mechanical nociception in Drosophila larvae

Mechanical sensations, including touch sensation, sound sensation, proprioception and mechanical nociception, are essential for animal survival, but the molecular mechanisms underlying mechanical transduction are just beginning to be elucidated. It has long been known that mechanoreceptors respond to forces through mechano-gated ion channels because the responses are ...

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Emotional valence map in the limbic forebrain revealed

Emotions color our lives and drive behaviors. Most emotions can be categorized along two dimensions: valence (value), ranging from negative to positive, and salience (arousal, intensity), ranging from weak to strong. Although great advances have been made toward understanding the sensory representations of the external ...

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ION scientists received 2014 National Natural Science Award

The research titled "A novel mechanism of synaptogenesis promoted by TRPC channels (transient receptor potential conanical channels) ", carried out in Dr. WANG Yi-Zheng’s laboratory at ION won the second prize of the 2014 National Natural Science Award.

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Dr. YU Xiang of ION won the 11th Chinese Female Scientist Awards

The Chinese Female Scientist Awards was established by All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF), the China Association for Science and Technology, the China National Commission for UNESCO and L'Oreal China in 2004 to recognize young women researchers who have made outstanding and creative achievements in basic and life sciences in China ...

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