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CECs, Centro de Estudios Científicos (Center for Scientific Studies) is a private, non-profit corporation, devoted to the development, promotion and diffusion of scientific research. CECs was founded in 1984 as the Center for Scientific Studies of Santiago and has since been directed by physicist Claudio Bunster.

“If you plan to make a voyage of discovery, choose a ship of small draught”
Captain James Cook rejecting the large ships offered by the Admiralty for the search of a new continent.
 
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THE MYSTERY OF BRAIN ENERGY AND THE SACRIFICE OF ASTROCYTES

 

For decades, generations of researchers have encountered the paradox of aerobic glycolysis after neuronal activity, a process that would involve producing energy less efficiently than is actually required. In recent years, the CECs Biology Lab has focused on examining this process and understanding how brain cells manage to maintain their energy level during the great changes in demand that characterize them. In this way, an important advance in this line of research is achieved, which was reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, this is the identification of a molecular mechanism that allows neurons to obtain oxygen by inhibiting the breathing of their astrocytes neighbors.

 

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