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NeuRA Magazine #27


World-renowned cartographer of the brain, Scientia Professor George Paxinos AO, from NeuRA has announced the discovery of an unknown region of the human brain. This new region is found near the brain-spinal cord junction. Professor George Paxinos has named it the Endorestiform Nucleus.

Professor Paxinos is the author of the most cited publication in neuroscience and another 52 books of highly detailed maps of the brain. The maps chart the course for neurosurgery and neuroscience research, enabling exploration, discovery and the development of treatments for diseases of the brain.

Professor Paxinos suspected the existence of the Endorestiform Nucleus 30 years ago and now with better staining and imaging techniques he is able to prove it. Commenting on this discovery, Professor Paxinos says it can be likened to finding a new star.

“There is nothing more pleasant for a neuroscientist than identifying a hitherto unknown area of the human brain. In this case there is also the intrigue that this area is absent in monkeys and other animals,” said Professor Paxinos, adding, “there have to be some things that are unique about the human brain besides its larger size, and this may be one of them.”

The discovery of new brain regions helps researchers to explore cures for diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and motor neuron disease. The Endorestiform Nucleus was noticed when Professor Paxinos introduced the use of chemical stains, combined with imaging techniques, in the production of his latest atlas.

The Endorestiform Nucleus is located within the inferior cerebellar peduncle, an area that integrates sensory and motor information to refine our posture, balance and fine movements.

An increasingly detailed understanding of the architecture and connectivity of the central nervous system has been central to most major discoveries in neuroscience in the last 100 years.

“Professor Paxinos’ atlases showing detailed morphology and connections of the human brain and spinal cord, provide a critical framework for researchers to test hypotheses from synaptic function to treatments for diseases of the brain,” said Professor Peter Schofield, CEO at NeuRA.

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