Berkeley News | July 28th, 2017

Marian Diamond, known for studies of Einstein’s brain, dies at 90

Marian Cleeves Diamond, one of the founders of modern neuroscience who was the first to show that the brain can change with experience and improve with enrichment, and who discovered evidence of this in the brain of Albert Einstein, died July 25 at the age of 90 at her home in Oakland. A professor emerita […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | July 25th, 2017

Q&A with the 2017 Neuroscience PhD Program Graduates

Congratulations to our graduates! From left to right, starting on the top row: Shawn Marks, Joe Driscoll, Brian Isett, Chris Holdgraf, Yvonne Fonken, Anna Vlasits, Ryan Neely, and Sam Israel. Not pictured: Sam Harding-Forrester, Natalia Bilenko and Levi Gadye.  Read on to learn their reflections, future plans, and words of advice. Joseph Driscoll Fields and Kriegsfeld Labs Thesis Title: […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | July 14th, 2017

Jose Carmena and Michel Maharbiz receive 2017 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award

Jose Carmena and Michel Maharbiz have received a prestigious 2017 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award to further develop “Neural Dust: an ultrasonic, low power, extreme miniature technology for completely wireless and untethered neural recordings in the brain.” Read the full award announcement: 2017 McKnight Technology Awards Learn more about neural dust: Sprinkling of neural dust opens […]

Next Big Future | July 13th, 2017

DARPA provided funds to six groups working on High-Resolution, Implantable Neural Interfaces

DARPA announced NESD (neural engineering system design) in January 2016 with the goal of developing an implantable system able to provide precision communication between the brain and the digital world. Such an interface would convert the electrochemical signaling used by neurons in the brain into the ones and zeros that constitute the language of information technology, […]

Berkeley News | July 13th, 2017

$21.6 million funding from DARPA to build window into the brain

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded the University of California, Berkeley $21.6 million over four years to create a window into the brain through which researchers – and eventually physicians – can monitor and activate thousands to millions of individual neurons using light. The UC Berkeley researchers refer to the device as a […]

The Daily Californian | July 12th, 2017

Campus’s Isacoff Lab receives DARPA funding to research neural implants

The campus’s Isacoff Lab has been granted about $21 million in funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, for research into neural implants. Isacoff’s funding, distributed over the course of four years, is part of a larger project from DARPA granting a total of about $65 million to labs in the United […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | July 12th, 2017

Congratulations to the 2017 Radical Ideas in Brain Science Challenge Winning Team

The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute announces the selection of Markita Landry and collaborators Linda Wilbrecht, Marla Feller, and Jose Carmena as the recipients of the 2017 Radical Ideas in Brain Science Challenge. Landry and her team will receive a $300,000 award. The Radical Ideas in Brain Science Challenge is made possible through the generosity of Berkeley […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | July 11th, 2017

Incoming postdocs Nikhil Bhatla and Louis Kang awarded Miller Research Fellowships

Miller Research Fellowships provide support to exceptional individuals who intend to pursue promising postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley. Among the 11 awardees for 2017-2020 are Nikhil Bhatla and Louis Kang. Please join us in extending our congratulations and welcoming them to our Berkeley Neuroscience community. Nikhil Bhatla will be starting in the Adesnik lab in […]

Gizmodo | July 10th, 2017

DARPA Is Funding Brain-Computer Interfaces to Treat Blindness, Paralysis and Speech Disorders

These days, it seems you’re nobody if you’re not working on a way to merge machines with the human brain. Earlier this year, both Facebook and perpetual moonshot-enthusiast Elon Musk announced plans for brain-computer interfaces that could allow us to read the thoughts of others and improve our capacity for learning. Today, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency […]

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