Connecting Brains and Society. The Present and Future of by Karin Rondea, Marjan Slob, Peter Raeymaekers (eds.)

By Karin Rondea, Marjan Slob, Peter Raeymaekers (eds.)

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And it is cell death that is the primary cause of the disease. A better treatment would be looking at ways to stop those cells from dying, instead of just supplying the brain with dopamine. The supply of extra dopamine will only alleviate the symptoms and not treat the cause of Parkinson’s disease. However, all these arguments do not mean that further developments in the science of neurotransmission are no longer interesting. On the contrary. We are increasingly discovering new subtypes of receptors and we have also found out that receptors have multiple binding sites, so called allosteric sites.

In the sunrise society we use brain science and technology to really understand the exciting questions of what makes us individual. But above all, we use our knowledge to proselytize the notion of individuality across the society as a whole. Discussion IAN RAGAN: You made some very good points about the limitations of pharmacology. I agree that the traditional small-molecule approach in pharmacology has certainly limitations. Indeed in a number of cases, as in degenerative diseases, they rather treat the symptoms instead of the cause of the disease.

Furthermore this connectivity is a truly dynamical process. The brain is a plastic organ which changes all the time. This continuous change, this brain plasticity [➙ glossary] is precisely the reason why we can learn new things and reinforce the remembering of things of the past. Stem cells Another new approach for treating brain disorders is stem cells [➙ glossary]. These are cells in our body, which can become heart, muscle, lung, blood and brain cells. But I want to caution against the hype which is currently being created about stem cells.

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