Brain Stops Creating New Neurons after Childhood

Brain stops creating new neurons after childhood, says a recently published study in the in the journal Nature on Wednesday. The earlier researches have been showing that a human brain region called as the hippocampus which involved in memory boosting and learning generates new neurons or brain cells in hundreds of numbers everyday throughout the adulthood.

But the latest research has placed a new theory that the human hippocampus ends up creating new brain cells at the age of 13 years old when people start reaching their adulthood. In the published study, the scientists have reported that they found no undeveloped or immature neurons in the brain samples of anyone with age more than 13 from the participated 59 people belonging to different age groups.


The study, if confirmed, may give new hopes to neuroscientists and neurosurgeon along with the people suffering from certain brain disorders, according to a neuroscientist, Ludwig Aigner from the Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg, Austria. it will help scientists tackle the brain’s capability of generating new neurons in treating neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Assistant professor, Jason Snyder from the University of British Columbia said in a statement that, “Cells that were born in childhood could play a big role in learning, in memory and in emotional disorders. So their impact on adult brain life could still be big. I think the possibility is real that someday we’ll be able to rejuvenate the aging brain.”