A review of 40 years of data conducted by U. of I. researchers including Arthur Kramer (Beckman faculty member), Kirk Erickson (Beckman postdoc) and Stanley Colcombe shows that physical exercise can have a positive influence on cognitive and brain functions in older animal and human subjects.
Yuqing Li and his collaborators' search for the root causes of one disease has produced findings that may have implications for understanding a host of movement disorders, as well as give insight into motor learning in humans.
The first of the Spring 2007 Graduate Student Seminars will be Wednesday, January 31 at noon in Room 1005 of the Beckman Institute. The seminars are open to the UIUC campus. Lunch will be served.
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Beckman Institute have developed a novel computational image-forming technique for optical microscopy that can produce crisp, three-dimensional images from blurry, out-of-focus data.
Researchers have identified a brain chemical that could account for the elaborate dance of the honeybee, one of the most complex behaviors in the invertebrate world. Bees returning to the hive from a successful foraging trip will begin to do what's known as a 'waggle dance,' a ritual boogie that passes on the location of a promising food source to other bees embarking on a foraging flight of their own. Treating foragers with the biogenic amine octopamine makes them dance more, says Gene Robinson, a Beckman affiliate and professor of entomology and of neuroscience at Illinois.
U.S. scientists are working with Pakistani researchers to develop nanotechnologies that could identify potential cancer therapies using medicinal plants. "The Indo-Pakistan subcontinent is rich in such remedial sources, most of which remain untouched," says Kenneth Watkin, Beckman researcher and co-director of and lead principal investigator for the Nanomedicine for Cancer research project at the U. of I.
Beckman affiliate and U. of I. computer science professor Eyal Amir says a computer program he developed along with graduate assistant Mark Richards can do more than beat its rivals at playing Scrabble. This program has gone one better by playing dirty.
Thanks to "Bugscope," an electron scanning microscope at the Beckman Institute, students all over Illinois and almost anywhere else can peek at extreme close-up views of the insect world at their school computer labs - for free.
Charles Hillman, Beckman Affiliate and a U. of I. professor of kinesiology and of community health, has found that exercise may be beneficial to cognition during early and middle periods of life and protect against age-related loss of cognitive function during older adulthood.
Beckman Institute faculty member Jonathan Sweedler is doing research at the cellular and nanoscale level that is providing new insights into how the brain works.