Berkeley News | May 1st, 2018

Yang Dan and Ehud Isacoff elected to the National Academy of Sciences

The academy, founded in 1863 and the most prestigious scientific society in the U.S., provides science, engineering and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations. The new members will be inducted at the annual national meeting in 2019. Dan uses state-of-the-art techniques to explore how the brain controls sleep and how the […]

Newsweek | May 1st, 2018

Brain holography: We may soon be able to edit our memories and sensations with this new tech

What if we had the ability to fool our brain into thinking that we’d experienced something that never happened? While this may sound far-fetched, neuroscientists at the University of California-Berkeley are developing a technique that could do just that by manipulating electrical activity in the brain. The technique is called holographic projection and it involves a piece […]

The Independent | April 30th, 2018

Holograms projected onto brain could help replace lost senses

A device that could one day “allow the blind to see or the paralysed to feel touch” by projecting holograms onto brain cells is being developed by scientists. By using light as a tool to alter brain function, it might be possible to mimic real sensations and perceptions, they have suggested. Named the “holographic brain modulator”, the device is still in […]

Berkeley News | April 30th, 2018

Editing brain activity with holography

What if we could edit the sensations we feel; paste in our brain pictures that we never saw, cut out unwanted pain or insert non-existent scents into memory? UC Berkeley neuroscientists are building the equipment to do just that, using holographic projection into the brain to activate or suppress dozens and ultimately thousands of neurons […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | April 23rd, 2018

New microscope can image subcellular dynamics, in 3D, in a live animal

Eric Betzig, new Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute faculty member who will start as Professor of Physics and MCB at UC Berkeley this summer, has combined his earlier developments in lattice light-sheet microscopy and adaptive optics into a new microscope system. In the video below, you can see immune cell migration in the inner ear of […]

Chemical and Engineering News | April 18th, 2018

Novartis and Berkeley researchers team up to tackle the industry’s toughest drug targets

In early 2017, John Tallarico and his team at Novartis started keeping tabs on intriguing research bubbling up in a handful of academic labs. Chemical biologists were reporting advances in a method for finding nooks and crannies on proteins for tethering drugs. They had real-world examples of how the technique, which uses chemical probes to […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | April 16th, 2018

Helen Bateup receives the C.J. Herrick Award in Neuroanatomy

The American Association of Anatomists (AAA) is honored to announce its 2018 Young Investigator Award winners. All awards will be presented during the Closing Awards Ceremony at AAA’s 2018 annual meeting, Experimental Biology. The ceremony is being held Tuesday, April 24, 2017, at 7:30 pm. Young Investigator awards recognize investigators in the early stages of their careers […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | April 13th, 2018

To die will be an awfully big adventure: PhD Program alum Peter Pan studies neuron aging

Chun-Liang (Peter) Pan wants to understand the genetic program of neuronal aging and how neurons interact with other cell types to coordinate responses to stress. He studies these questions by taking advantage of the powerful genetic tools and relatively short life span of our favorite worm, C. elegans. Pan is currently Associate Professor at the […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | April 10th, 2018

Watch “DARPA at Berkeley: Developing a Million Neuron Cortical Modem”

“The brain is made of billions of neurons. Many of these are dedicated to sensory perception. But how many neurons does it take in order to create what we call a percept?” Ehud Isacoff In July 2017, Berkeley researchers were awarded a contract for up to $21.6M from DARPA to build an implantable brain-computer interface […]

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