The Washington Post | November 10, 2018

Poor sleep can be the cause of anxiety, study finds

A sleepless night can leave the brain spinning with anxiety the next day. In healthy adults, overnight sleep deprivation will trigger anxiety the next morning, along with altered brain activity patterns, scientists reported at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience on Nov. 4. People with anxiety disorders often have trouble sleeping. The new results uncover […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 9, 2018

Overlooked history: Burt Green Wilder debunked biased claims about brain size and pioneered neuroscience outreach to children

In the mid-19th through the early-20th century, measuring postmortem brains to draw conclusions about their owners was in vogue. Neuroscientists collected and measured brains of “eminent” figures, criminals, and people of different races and sexes in an attempt to identify differences in neuroanatomy between these groups. Many claimed that the brains of people of color […]

Berkeley News | November 6, 2018

Chronically anxious? Deep sleep may take the edge off

Extreme angst is on the rise nationally and globally, especially among teens and millennials. Among other factors, preliminary findings from UC Berkeley sleep researchers point to a chronic lack of deep restorative sleep. Investigating the neural link between sleep and anxiety, UC Berkeley neuroscientists Matthew Walker and Eti Ben Simon are finding that non-Rapid Eye […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | October 30, 2018

Fellowship that funded HWNI Director Ehud Isacoff as a new faculty member receives $20 million matching gift

In 1995, Ehud Isacoff was in the first cohort of Hellman Fellows, established by the late F. Warren and Patricia (Chris) Hellman to support early-career faculty at UC Berkeley. Since that time, Hellman Fellowships have been awarded to 384 young faculty members from multiple disciplines. Isacoff went on to have a distinguished research career, and is […]

Berkeley News | October 18th, 2018

To watch how students learn, track their eyes

A half-decade ago, UC Berkeley neuroscientists discovered that training for law school admission exams boosted brain connections that sharpen reasoning skills. Today, they’ve taken a major step closer to understanding how practicing the LSAT makes students smarter. They’re watching their eyes. Their findings, published today in the Science of Learning, a Nature Partner Journal, make the […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | October 16, 2018

David Schaffer funded by Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Intercampus Research Award

HWNI is pleased to announce that the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub has awarded HWNI member David Schaffer with an Intercampus Research Award to collaborate with researchers from UCSF and Stanford on a project entitled: Social network analysis of neuroimmune interactions in the developing human brain. The team aims to develop tools to study interactions between microglia—immune cells in the […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | October 16, 2018

Postdoc Polina Kosillo awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant

Polina Kosillo, a postdoctoral fellow in the Bateup Lab, has been awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. The two-year grant provides up to $70,000 to promising young scientists for research related to brain and behavior disorders. Kosillo will investigate the role of mTORC1 signaling in dopamine release, which may be […]

Berkeley College of Chemistry | October 10, 2018

Asst Professor Ke Xu recipient of high-risk, high-reward research grant from the NIH

Assistant professors Ke Xu of chemistry and Denis Titov of molecular and cell biology — were among 89 recipients of “high-risk, high-reward” grants announced last week by the National Institutes of Health. Xu and Titov received NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards, which support “unusually innovative research from early career investigators” who have never received an […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | September 27th, 2018

Why scientists should embrace teaching

In a NeuroView article published in Neuron, Professor of Neurobiology and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute member Marla Feller makes the case that teaching undergraduates is not only personally satisfying, but also helps advance scientific research.  Based on her 18 years as a research scientist and professor, Feller posits that the rewards of teaching undergraduates outweigh […]