Three minutes, two slides, one prize for brain cleansing explained clearly

Aditya Raghunandan won first place at the Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Prize with work (partly) inspired by Eddie Murphy. He compares his work on how the brain cleanses itself of waste to how “Eddie Murphy famously eludes a police stakeout by sticking bananas up the tailpipe of a patrol car, causing the engine to stall”. Through particle tracking, the brain’s “tailpipe” – cervical lymph vessels in the neck – was shown to lose its flexibility with age, mimicking the “banana up a tailpipe” blockage for the brain’s removal of waste. Read full article here


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