Sandrine Thuret: You can grow new brain cells. Here’s how

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Sandrine Thuret studies the way adult brains create new nerve cells in the hippocampus — a brain area involved in memory and mood.

In her lab at King’s College London, Sandrine Thuret studies adult neurogenesis — the process by which adult brains create new nerve cells. (Until the 1990s, we didn’t even know they did this!)
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Thuret’s work focuses on the hippocampus, the area of the brain that is related to memory, and her work asks two big questions: How can we help our healthy brains create new nerve cells throughout our lives, through diet and behavior changes? And how can we study the effects of diseases such as depression and Alzheimer’s on our brains’ ability to grow?
Can we, as adults, grow new neurons? Neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret says that we can, and she offers research and practical advice on how we can help our brains better perform neurogenesis—improving mood, increasing memory formation and preventing the decline associated with aging along the way.
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