Sleep Circuit: A web of cell types in one of the brain’s chief wake centers keeps animals up—but also puts them to sleep
Early studies attempting to untangle the neurological basis of sleep typically removed or injured part of an animal’s brain to measure the effects. The results implicated a region called the basal forebrain in inducing sleep, yet some studies indicated that it was important for arousal. “The impression is that maybe in that region there’s a […]
The West Coast pre-World Premiere sneak preview of the PBS documentary “My Love Affair with the Brain: The Science and Life of Dr. Marian Diamond” was the occasion for this presentation of the CREA Award to Dr. Diamond, and a panel discussion about her pioneering research, and a general celebration of her life-long achievements in […]
For nearly 55 years, until her retirement in 2014, Marian Diamond would often be seen walking through campus to her anatomy class carrying a flowered hat box, within which nestled a real, pickled human brain. Gently lifting it from its wrapping, she would display it to classes and express her awe that such a small, […]
The event described below has already happened. View footage from the tribute to Dr. Diamond here: My Love Affair with the Brain is a soon-to-be-on PBS documentary about the brain, the passion of scientific discovery, the creation of modern neuroscience, Albert Einstein, women in science, and love – all via the life and research of […]
Eight UC Berkeley assistant professors are among 126 new fellows announced today by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Sloan Research Fellowships, awarded annually since 1955, honor early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars and the next generation of scientific leaders. Fellows receive $55,000 to further their research.
Optogenetics—the ability to use light to manipulate the activity of neurons with genetically expressed light sensitive ion channels—is a powerful technique for mapping neural circuits and determining the roles populations of neurons play in a variety of behaviors. To understand the subcellular, molecular basis of brain function, however, requires the manipulation of natively expressed signaling […]
Fourteen University of California researchers are recipients of Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor granted by the U.S. government to scientific professionals in the initial phases of their careers. Government agencies and departments select recipients annually based on the innovative nature of their research and their commitment to public service. This year, […]
To get a good night’s sleep, many people should set their thermostat a few degrees lower, experts say. The role of temperature has gotten increased attention after a study published last year found sleep may be more tightly regulated by temperature than by light. What’s more, core body temperature, which tends to fluctuate by a […]
President Obama this week named three young UC Berkeley faculty members as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.