Controlling brain states with light

A study led by researchers from IBEC and IDIBAPS achieves, for the first time, the control of brain state transitions using a molecule responsive to light.

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“What we’re doing now is looking at the pharmacology of the brain at the neural network scale by using light.”

Pau Gorostiza, ICREA researcher at IBEC


“The control of neuronal activity in the brain is key to perform both basic and applied research, and to develop safe and accurate techniques to perform therapeutic brain interventions in clinical neurology”


Fabio Rieffolo,  co-first author of the study.


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