Berkeley News | October 15, 2015

Researchers find neural switch that turns dreams on and off

At the flip of a switch, UC Berkeley neuroscientists can send a sleeping mouse into dreamland. The researchers inserted an optogenetic switch into a group of nerve cells located in the ancient part of the brain called the medulla, allowing them to activate or inactivate the neurons with laser light. When the neurons were activated, […]

PLOS Neuro | October 7, 2015

Ask them Anything about fMRI

In advance of this month’s 2015 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, PLOS Neuro Community today hosted a ‘PLOS Science Wednesday’ Ask Me Anything (AMA) on redditscience. The AMA  featured neuroscientists Ben Inglis and Jean-Baptiste (JB) Poline from UC Berkeley Brain Imaging Center  discussing functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Read the completed AMA here.  For background on this subject and to […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | August 8, 2015

Theory of Neural Computation Workshop

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) auditorium 17 Gauss Way, Berkeley, CA >> Click here to register for the workshop   The theme of this workshop is on bringing theory into the study of neural networks—those in brains and those in machines.  We will soon have the capability to monitor activity and structure in the brain at […]

Berkeley News | September 24, 2015

Scientists win $6.4 million to crack the code of smell navigation

A team of scientists, including a UC Berkeley pioneer in odor mapping, has received a $6.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to dig deeper into how humans and animals navigate by using their sense of smell and converting odors into spatial information. The NSF this week awarded $15 million to three interdisciplinary teams of scientists to […]

Alzforum | September 11, 2015

Suspected Non-Alzheimer Pathophysiology: It’s Not Exactly a Snap

Suspected non-Alzheimer’s pathophysiology has puzzled the field since researchers coined the term three years ago. SNAP describes cognitively normal older adults who have one of several markers of neurodegeneration but test negative for brain amyloid and have not been diagnosed with a specific neurodegenerative disorder (Jack et al., 2012). While it seems clear that SNAP […]

Berkeley News | September 8, 2015

Does brain training really work?

A growing stream of ads and websites hype the marvels of computer-based cognitive programs and brain games for anxiously aging baby boomers and their parents, writes John Swartzberg in a new column on livescience.com. “I certainly understand the attraction of promises of faster think­ing, rejuvenated memory and sharper focus — all for just a few […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | August 30, 2015

Cortical neurons encode goal-directed behaviors

Monitoring neuronal activity in freely behaving animals is challenging but necessary if we are to understand the neuronal circuits involved in complex behaviors. In their recent Neuron paper, Lucas Pinto, Neuroscience Ph.D. Program alumnus, and Yang Dan, professor of of Neurobiology in the Cell and Molecular Biology Department, did exactly that. Pinto and Dan expressed an indicator of […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | August 25, 2015

The bat man is here: HWNI welcomes Michael Yartsev

by Georgeann Sack Michael Yartsev has joined the Berkeley neuroscience community as Assistant Professor affiliated with the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, Department of Bioengineering, and Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute. The Yartsev lab will use a unique animal model, bats, to study the neural basis of complex spatial behaviors and acoustic communication in mammals. When […]

Berkeley News | August 20, 2015

Two alumnae recognized as top ‘Innovators Under 35′

Two UC Berkeley alumnae who are doing potentially life-saving research and development have made MIT Technology Review’s 2015 list of “35 Innovators Under 35.” Rikky Muller earned her Ph.D in electrical engineering at Berkeley and is co-founder of Cortera Neurotechnologies, Inc. The Berkeley-based medical device start-up, founded in 2013, is focused on developing innovative medical […]

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