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Darrin S. Joy

Darrin S. Joy

Darrin S. Joy writes for the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Stories by Darrin S. Joy:

GABAB receptor protein brain activity
A nerve cell synapse with structures GABAB, a neurotransmitter receptor protein, captured in four different conformations (background) and in the active state (close-up) with molecules (orange and magenta) bound to it. (Illustration/Yekaterina Kadyshevskaya)

Scientists discover how a protein that calms brain activity works

The findings from USC researchers provide a clear path to uncovering new drugs to control addiction, pain and neurological disorders such as epilepsy and muscle spasticity.