Healthline News | August 6th, 2017

The Latest in Brain Technology

We are now well on the way to being able to restore vision and hearing to people without those senses. Like the development of the internet, this change is happening in stages. Also, like the internet, the military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is playing a leading role in the effort. “We’re building a […]

Neurofriends Podcast | August 3rd, 2017


In Decoding, student host Ethan Cruikshank talks with Dr. Chris Holdgraf about open-brain surgery, how the brain interprets language, and whether “mind reading” is just around the corner (spoiler: not quite).

Berkeley College of Chemistry | August 1st, 2017

Evan Miller receives NeuroNex Innovation Award

Chemistry professor Evan Miller and his co-investigators are the recipients of the NeuroNex Innovation Award for research on Chemical and Genetic Methods to Measure and Manipulate Neurons with Light. This project will develop and apply new methods for non-invasively measuring electrical signals underlying brain cell communication. Understanding the human brain remains one of the great […]

The Washington Post | July 30th, 2017

Marian Diamond, neuroscientist who gave new meaning to ‘use it or lose it,’ dies at 90

Marian Diamond, a pathbreaking neuroscientist whose research — including a study of Albert Einstein’s preserved brain — showed that the body’s three-pound seat of consciousness was a dynamic structure of beautiful complexity, capable of development even in old age, died July 25 at an assisted-living community in Oakland, Calif. She was 90. A daughter, Ann […]

The New York Times | July 30th, 2017

Pioneering Researcher on the Brain’s ‘Plasticity’ Has Died

Marian Diamond, a neuroscientist who studied Albert Einstein’s brain and was the first to show that the brain’s anatomy can change with experience, has died. She was 90 Diamond, a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, died July 25 in Oakland, the university said Friday. Diamond became famous in 1984 when […]

Berkeley News | July 28th, 2017

Marian Diamond, known for studies of Einstein’s brain, dies at 90

Marian Cleeves Diamond, one of the founders of modern neuroscience who was the first to show that the brain can change with experience and improve with enrichment, and who discovered evidence of this in the brain of Albert Einstein, died July 25 at the age of 90 at her home in Oakland. A professor emerita […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | July 25th, 2017

Q&A with the 2017 Neuroscience PhD Program Graduates

Congratulations to our graduates! From left to right, starting on the top row: Shawn Marks, Joe Driscoll, Brian Isett, Chris Holdgraf, Yvonne Fonken, Anna Vlasits, Ryan Neely, and Sam Israel. Not pictured: Sam Harding-Forrester, Natalia Bilenko and Levi Gadye.  Read on to learn their reflections, future plans, and words of advice. Joseph Driscoll Fields and Kriegsfeld Labs Thesis Title: […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | July 14th, 2017

Jose Carmena and Michel Maharbiz receive 2017 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award

Jose Carmena and Michel Maharbiz have received a prestigious 2017 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award to further develop “Neural Dust: an ultrasonic, low power, extreme miniature technology for completely wireless and untethered neural recordings in the brain.” Read the full award announcement: 2017 McKnight Technology Awards Learn more about neural dust: Sprinkling of neural dust opens […]

Next Big Future | July 13th, 2017

DARPA provided funds to six groups working on High-Resolution, Implantable Neural Interfaces

DARPA announced NESD (neural engineering system design) in January 2016 with the goal of developing an implantable system able to provide precision communication between the brain and the digital world. Such an interface would convert the electrochemical signaling used by neurons in the brain into the ones and zeros that constitute the language of information technology, […]