First week in NS
We really like the idea of this blog serving as a weekly reflection of the knowledge we gained throughout the subject “Structure and operation of the human brain”.
Within the first week, we repeated basic biology knowledge to be aware of the biological processes which are fundamental for the more complex processes in the brain that we will explore later. The number of 1000 billion euros of societal costs that are spent alone in Europe for brain disorders (in the whole world they are at least three times higher) are enormous and highlight the criticality to know more about this area and increase the amount of research done in this field. We would not have expected that experimental brain surgeries were already performed (“successfully”) 7000 years ago and how old this field of studies is.
This week, we understood that proteins are very important for the ability of neural cells to process and store memories. We are quite curious to learn more about their roles besides their functionality as ion channels and ion pumps. Moreover, we would not have expected that sodium-potassium pumps use up 70% of the brain’s ATP although knowing about their importance for holding up the negative resting membrane potential. Right now, we look forward to putting all the basics we learned together to understand the more complex brain processes. We started with the inputs, and want to know more about data processing, storage, and knowledge generation.