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How does memory age?

Memory depends on the functioning of the brain and brain cells, such as those on the skin or the liver, grow old throughout life and have a specific trait: most of the brain cells do not regenerate. We have the same cells at age 80 as we had when we were young and these cells are subjected to very intense activity. Just to give you an idea, a neuron can fire 200 times a second. Obviously as you get older it is difficult to recover from this activity. In my lab at Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes (iMM), we study the factors that may delay or exacerbate this recovery of activity over the course of aging.

Learn more about the work developed at Luísa Lopes laboratory.

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