Christopher Chang, Professor of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley has been awarded the 2019 Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Chemistry(link is external) from Tel Aviv University. The prize recognizes distinguished scientists under age 45 who have made outstanding and fundamental contributions in their fields. Chang shares the 2019 prize with Matthew Disney […]
Making tech more user-friendly: PhD alum Chung-Hay Luk researches how people interact with technology
At HWNI, Chung-Hay Luk studied decision-making and created dresses with interactive electronics for fun. Now she combines her neuroscience and tech interests as a UX researcher at Google.
By Rachel Henderson The eyes of mice do not open until about two weeks after birth, yet light coming in through their closed eyelids is still able to trigger retinal activity and shape the wiring of the visual system, according to a new study published in Neuron from Professor of Neurobiology and Berkeley Neuroscience member […]
Veteran insomniacs know in their bones what science has to say about sleep deprivation and pain: that the two travel together, one fueling the other. For instance, people who develop chronic pain often lose the ability to sleep well, and quickly point to a bad back, sciatica or arthritis as the reason. The loss of […]
When we’re in pain, we have a hard time sleeping. But how does poor sleep affect pain? For the first time, UC Berkeley scientists have answered that question by identifying neural glitches in the sleep-deprived brain that can intensify and prolong the agony of sickness and injury. Their findings, published Jan. 28 in the Journal of […]
Congratulations to MCB Assistant Professor Stephan Lammel, recipient of the 2019 C.J. Herrick Award in Neuroanatomy! This award from the American Association of Anatomists honors an early-career investigator who has made important contributions to biomedical science and the field of neuroanatomy.
A detailed study of four mouse models of autism challenges the most common assumption about what goes wrong in brain circuits to cause disease symptoms. Researchers are even now looking for ways to increase overall inhibition of neurons in the brain to try to reset the balance between excitation and inhibition and hopefully lessen the […]
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 […]
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 […]