Berkeley Neuroscience News | May 15, 2019

Same neurotransmitter, different functions: Identification of subnetworks of somatostatin neurons in sensory processing

Read our Q&A with first author Alex Naka, a PhD Program alum, about a new study that resulted from collaboration between multiple Berkeley Neuroscience members.

NPR | April 27, 2019

Matthew Walker Discusses Better Bedtime Rituals

From meditation to melatonin to putting on fuzzy socks, we all have routines to help us reach that blissful state of slumber. These are the ones that work.* Here’s what to remember: Forget sheep. Instead, use mental imagery — picturing a walk in the woods or a stroll on a beach — to help relax. […]

Berkeley School of Optometry April 26, 2019

Puthussery Wins Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs

Teresa Puthussery receives award for Outstanding GSI Mentorship!

Berkeley News | April 17, 2019

Kristin Scott elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Nine UC Berkeley faculty have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a prestigious nonpartisan research center that convenes scholars and leaders in academic, business and government sectors, drawing expertise across disciplines, to address the most complex challenges of our time. Here are this year’s honorees:

TED2019 | April 2019

Sleep is your superpower

Sleep is your life-support system and Mother Nature’s best effort yet at immortality, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. In this deep dive into the science of slumber, Walker shares the wonderfully good things that happen when you get sleep — and the alarmingly bad things that happen when you don’t, for both your brain and […]

Molecular & Cell Biology News | April 2, 2019

Bateup appointed as a Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator

Congratulations to MCB Assistant Professors Helen Bateup & Dirk Hockemeyer, who have both been named Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators! This appointment recognizes accomplished junior faculty with well-established research program areas complementary to the current campus Biohub Investigators.

SFGATE | March 17, 2019

UC Berkeley gene therapy helps blind mice gain sight, could be used to cure blindness

A team of scientists at UC Berkeley used a breakthrough gene therapy to help blind mice gain sight, and some on the team think the same therapy could eventually be used to help cure blindness in humans. A month after the team injected a gene for a green-light receptor into the eyes of blind mice, they showed […]

Berkeley News | March 15, 2019

With single gene insertion, blind mice regain sight

It was surprisingly simple. University of California, Berkeley, scientists inserted a gene for a green-light receptor into the eyes of blind mice and, a month later, they were navigating around obstacles as easily as mice with no vision problems. They were able to see motion, brightness changes over a thousandfold range and fine detail on […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | March 5, 2019

PhD program alum Liberty Hamilton eavesdrops on how the human brain processes natural sounds

“Something we can really add to the field is being able to understand at a much higher level how sounds become meaningful words and concepts.” Liberty Hamilton, PhD program alum (entering class of 2008) Because natural sounds such as music and language are so fast and complex, it can be challenging to study how they […]