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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.

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Steve Kay
Steve Kay is director of the MESH (Medicine, Engineering, Sciences and Humanities) Academy, director of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience and a Provost Professor of Neurology, Biomedical Engineering and Biological Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. (Photo/Max Gerber)

Steve Kay recognized for 25 years of studying circadian rhythms in plants

The decorated USC professor received an award from the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms for decades of research into the mustard plant.