Berkeley News | January 17, 2019

Thanks to rapid, 3D imaging, anyone can tour the fly brain

A new fly-through of the fly brain allows anyone to whizz past neurons and visit any of the 40 million synapses where neurons touch neuron. It’s a super-resolution view of the complex network connections in the insect’s brain that underlie behaviors ranging from feeding to mating. What’s unprecedented, however, is that this 3D map over […]

San Francisco Chronicle | January 12, 2019

What will football helmets look like in future? Robert Knight may know

Tucked away in an unassuming cluster of warehouses on Richmond’s industrial west side, Dr. Robert Knight spends his days cracking heads. Figuratively speaking, of course. His laboratory houses a number of scary-looking contraptions, simulating gruesome impacts to the human cranium. Steel weights drop through the air, pounding plastic dummies in the noggin. A pendulum device […]

Berkeley News | December 31, 2018

Wireless ‘pacemaker for the brain’ could be new standard treatment for neurological disorders

Rikky Muller, Jose Carmena, and colleagues develop a device that can autonomously and simultaneously record brain activity and provide stimulation to treat disorders in real-time.

Molecular & Cell Biology | December 10, 2018

Hillel Adesnik promoted to Associate Professor

Hillel Adesnik studies the dynamics of neural circuits underlying information processing in the cerebral cortex. His lab seeks to understand how cortical microcircuits process sensory information to drive behavior.

Berkeley News | December 10, 2018

Dopamine’s yin-yang personality: It’s an upper and a downer

For decades, psychologists have viewed the neurotransmitter dopamine as a double-edged sword: released in the brain as a reward to train us to seek out pleasurable experiences, but also a “drug” the constant pursuit of which leads to addiction. According to a new study from UC Berkeley, that’s only one face of dopamine. The flip […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 27, 2018

PhD program alum Emily Cooper returns to Berkeley as faculty, studying vision in the real world and applying it to virtual worlds

“In order to understand any perceptual system, such as the human visual system, you also have to have a deep understanding of the natural environments in which that system evolved to operate, and the tasks that the organism needs to perform.” Emily Cooper, PhD program alum (entering class of 2007)   Emily Cooper is not […]

MCB Transcript | November 21, 2018

Postdocs Pioneer Novel Device to Trace Neural Signals in the Living Brain

In the lab of MCB’s Hillel Adesnik, three postdocs with diverse academic backgrounds have made dramatic progress on instrumentation to enable the creation, manipulation, and editing of brain activity. Their work will help advance the fundamental research necessary to pursue treatments for dementia, Parkinson’s and other diseases of the brain. Ian Oldenburg and Alan Mardinly […]

Berkeley News | November 15, 2018

Playing high school football changes the teenage brain

A single season of high school football may be enough to cause microscopic changes in the structure of the brain, according to a new study by researchers at UC Berkeley, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The researchers used a new type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to take brain […]

Berkeley News | November 19, 2018

To predict the future, the brain has two clocks

That moment when you step on the gas pedal a split second before the light changes, or when you tap your toes even before the first piano note of Camila Cabello’s “Havana” is struck. That’s anticipatory timing. One type relies on memories from past experiences. The other on rhythm. Both are critical to our ability […]