Neurogenesis is the formation of neurons from neural stem cells occurring during embryonic development and throughout adult life. During neurogenesis, neural stem cells divide and differentiate to form mature neurons. Mature neurons do not divide and carry extensions such as axons and dendrites, allowing them to send and receive electrical pulses.

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    Improved protocols for the visualization of immature neurons in the human brain provide evidence for generation of neurons in the adult hippocampus and uncover reduced neurogenesis in Alzheimer’s disease.

    • Embla Steiner
    • , Mathew Tata
    •  & Jonas Frisén
    Nature Medicine 25, 542-543
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    Shubha Tole obtained her BSc in Life Sciences and Biochemistry from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India, in 1987. After a PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1994, she did her postdoc at the University of Chicago. In 1999, she joined the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, in Mumbai, as a faculty member.

    • Shubha Tole
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    Nancy Y. Ip is Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, the Morningside Professor of Life Science, and Director of the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China. Her career in the field of neuroscience spans over three decades.

    • Nancy Y. Ip
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    Twenty years ago, 2 studies showed that behavioral experience affects proliferation & survival of newborn neurons in adult hippocampus, suggesting adult neurogenesis as a form of experience-dependent neuroplasticity relevant to memory, emotion, & mental health.

    • Michael R. Drew
    •  & Christine A. Denny
    Nature Neuroscience 21, 1141-1142