The Washington Post | August 4th, 2016

Engineers implanted tiny sensors in rats’ nerves and muscles. Are humans next?

Sensors the size of a grain of sand could one day explain what’s happening in your body from the inside out. Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, implanted wireless sensors measuring just one millimeter cubed  in the muscles and nerves of lab rats, then used ultrasound waves to extract information from them about how well […]

CNET | August 3rd, 2016

Beyond Fitbit: ‘Neural dust’ puts invisible cyborg tech deep inside you

New, tiny sensors could create superpowerful fitness trackers, move prosthetics forward and lead to treatments for conditions like epilepsy. Monitoring your heart rate and VO2 max (maximum oxygen volume) with the latest fitness tracker is nifty, but researchers are developing new, tiny tech to keep track of just about any organ, nerve or muscle in […]

Popular Science | August 3rd, 2016

Wireless ‘Neural Dust’ Could Monitor Your Brain

SAND-SIZED SENSOR IMPLANTS GIVE INSTANT FEEDBACK FROM NERVE CELLS Science fiction that features wires connecting brains to computers might now be obsolete. Wireless powered implants, each smaller than a grain of rice, could serve as “neural dust” that can one day scan and stimulate brain cells. Such research could one day help lead to next-generation […]

Berkeley News | August 3rd, 2016

Sprinkling of neural dust opens door to electroceuticals

University of California, Berkeley engineers have built the first dust-sized, wireless sensors that can be implanted in the body, bringing closer the day when a Fitbit-like device could monitor internal nerves, muscles or organs in real time. Because these batteryless sensors could also be used to stimulate nerves and muscles, the technology also opens the […]

Berkeley News | August 2nd, 2016

Elders use brain networks differently for short-term recall

Older people’s short-term memory is generally slower and less accurate compared to younger people. But a new University of California, Berkeley, study suggests that brains that continue to perform well in old age do so by rallying more of the brain to complete mental tasks. The researchers suggest that the age-associated changes observed in network […]

Center for Brain Health | July 7th, 2016

Mental, Physical Exercises Produce Distinct Brain Benefits

Cognitive brain training improves executive function whereas aerobic activity improves memory, according to new Center for BrainHealth research at The University of Texas at Dallas. The study, published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, found that healthy adults who participated in cognitive training demonstrated positive changes in executive brain function as well as a 7.9 percent increase […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | June 29th, 2016

Visual experience tunes detection of motion direction in the retina

The retina contains an important class of neurons called Direction Selective Ganglion Cells (DSGCs) that enable animals to determine the direction an object is moving across its visual field. Mature DSGCs respond strongly to objects moving in one of several preferred directions that lie along cardinal axes – up, down, left, or right. In their […]

Berkeley News | June 9th, 2016

Michael Yartsev receives Pew award

Michael Yartsev

Three young assistant professors have received research awards from the Pew Charitable Trusts to pursue research in cell biology, neuroscience and cancer. Gloria Brar and Michael Yartsev were among 22 Pew scholars in the biomedical sciences announced June 9 by the trusts, while Dirk Hockemeyer was one of five selected as a Pew-Stewart Scholar for […]

Berkeley News | June 7th, 2016

Mu-ming Poo awarded $500,000 Gruber Neuroscience Prize

UC Berkeley biologist Mu-ming Poo has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Gruber Neuroscience Prize for work showing how the brain’s circuitry changes in response to life experiences. The prize, which comes with a $500,000 honorarium, was announced today by Yale University and the Gruber Foundation. It has been given annually since 2004 to scientists “whose […]