Berkeley News | September 13, 2019

Summit to tackle tricky problems of aging and dementia

Human life expectancy has more than doubled over the last century, and this sudden leap in longevity is triggering major shifts in our politics, economy and society — not to mention our personal health. Next week, UC Berkeley will host the second annual Aging, Research, and Technology Innovation Summit, a daylong event that will gather together […]

Berkeley News | September 12, 2019

UC Berkeley, UCSF to tackle dyslexia with $20 million gift

Dyslexia, one of America’s most common learning challenges, is often referred to as an invisible disability, due in no small part to the stigma of struggling with reading and writing in competitive school environments. Now, thanks to a $20 million gift, dyslexia and similar neurodevelopmental language-processing disorders — or, learning differences — are about to […]

Berkeley News | September 5, 2019

Markita Landry selected as a Bakar Fellow

Seven University of California, Berkeley, faculty scientists with novel ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit have been named to the 2019-20 cohort of Bakar Fellows, an honor that gives the fellows the money and time to translate their laboratory breakthroughs into technologies ready for the marketplace.

Berkeley Neuroscience News | August 26, 2019

Shedding light on sleep: discovering new players in the brain

In two new papers, the Dan lab reveals new neurons, circuits, and brain areas that regulate sleep, opening the door to a better understanding of this critical state.

Berkeley Neuroscience News | August 22, 2019

Berkeley Neuroscience PhD Program drops GRE requirement

Starting this year, GRE scores are not required to apply to our PhD program. Read the announcement from our PhD Program Director, Professor Michael Silver, to learn more.

Berkeley News | August 19, 2019

A map of the brain can tell what you’re reading about

Too busy or lazy to read Melville’s Moby Dick or Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina? That’s OK. Whether you read the classics, or listen to them instead, the same cognitive and emotional parts of the brain are likely to be stimulated. And now, there’s a map to prove it. UC Berkeley neuroscientists have created interactive maps that can predict where […]

Nature Communications | July 29, 2019

Long-term and persistent vocal plasticity in adult bats

Bats exhibit a diverse and complex vocabulary of social communication calls some of which are believed to be learned during development. This ability to produce learned, species-specific vocalizations – a rare trait in the animal kingdom – requires a high-degree of vocal plasticity. Bats live extremely long lives in highly complex and dynamic social environments, […]

Berkeley News | July 29, 2019

$47 million grant to explore how a healthy lifestyle changes the aging brain

According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, an estimated 5.8 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s dementia, and Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. Barring the development of medical breakthroughs, the number may nearly triple to 13.8 million by 2050. Previous results suggest that lifestyle changes […]

Berkeley News | July 22, 2019

Scientists map our underappreciated ‘little brain’

Scientists at UC Berkeley and Western University in Canada have used brain imaging to map the cerebellum, a formerly underappreciated neural region that contains the vast majority of the brain’s neurons, hence its Latin moniker “little brain.” The results of their study appear this month in the Nature Neuroscience journal. The map can be viewed at this link.