Berkeley News | July 13th, 2017

$21.6 million funding from DARPA to build window into the brain

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded the University of California, Berkeley $21.6 million over four years to create a window into the brain through which researchers – and eventually physicians – can monitor and activate thousands to millions of individual neurons using light. The UC Berkeley researchers refer to the device as a […]

The Daily Californian | July 12th, 2017

Campus’s Isacoff Lab receives DARPA funding to research neural implants

The campus’s Isacoff Lab has been granted about $21 million in funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, for research into neural implants. Isacoff’s funding, distributed over the course of four years, is part of a larger project from DARPA granting a total of about $65 million to labs in the United […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | July 12th, 2017

Congratulations to the 2017 Radical Ideas in Brain Science Challenge Winning Team

The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute announces the selection of Markita Landry and collaborators Linda Wilbrecht, Marla Feller, and Jose Carmena as the recipients of the 2017 Radical Ideas in Brain Science Challenge. Landry and her team will receive a $300,000 award. The Radical Ideas in Brain Science Challenge is made possible through the generosity of Berkeley […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | July 11th, 2017

Incoming postdocs Nikhil Bhatla and Louis Kang awarded Miller Research Fellowships

Miller Research Fellowships provide support to exceptional individuals who intend to pursue promising postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley. Among the 11 awardees for 2017-2020 are Nikhil Bhatla and Louis Kang. Please join us in extending our congratulations and welcoming them to our Berkeley Neuroscience community. Nikhil Bhatla will be starting in the Adesnik lab in […]

Gizmodo | July 10th, 2017

DARPA Is Funding Brain-Computer Interfaces to Treat Blindness, Paralysis and Speech Disorders

These days, it seems you’re nobody if you’re not working on a way to merge machines with the human brain. Earlier this year, both Facebook and perpetual moonshot-enthusiast Elon Musk announced plans for brain-computer interfaces that could allow us to read the thoughts of others and improve our capacity for learning. Today, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency […]

IEEE Spectrum | July 10th, 2017

DARPA Wants Brain Implants That Record From 1 Million Neurons

DARPA is known for issuing big challenges. Still, the mission statement for its new Neural Engineering Systems Design program is a doozy: Make neural implants that can record high-fidelity signals from 1 million neurons. Today’s best brain implants, like the experimental system that a paralyzed man used to control a robotic arm, record from just a few hundred […]

Endgaget | July 10th, 2017

DARPA is helping six groups create neural interfaces for our brains

Elon Musk isn’t the only one looking to rummage around inside your skull. DARPA announced on Monday that it has selected its five grant recipients for the Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program, which it began at the start of this year. Brown University, Columbia University, The Seeing and Hearing Foundation, the John B. Pierce Laboratory, […]

DARPA News | July 10th, 2017

Towards a High-Resolution, Implantable Neural Interface

DARPA has awarded contracts to five research organizations and one company that will support the Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program: University of California, Berkeley; Brown University; Columbia University; Fondation Voir et Entendre (The Seeing and Hearing Foundation); John B. Pierce Laboratory; and Paradromics, Inc. These organizations have formed teams to develop the fundamental research and […]

Tech Crunch | July 10th, 2017

DARPA awards $65 million to develop the perfect, tiny two-way brain-computer interface

With $65 million in new funding, DARPA seeks to develop neural implants that make it possible for the human brain to speak directly to computer interfaces. As part of its Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program, the agency will fund five academic research groups and one small San Jose-based company to further its goals. For a […]