Berkeley Research | November 17, 2015

Seeking Data Wisdom

Landing a spacecraft on a hurtling comet or cloning genes of extinct animals. Science and engineering have a way of turning what seems like fantasy into solid reality. Now add the prospect of someone reading your mind. They’re not there yet, but in 2011, Berkeley scientists startled colleagues and triggered imaginations by divining the rough […]

Cognito | November 11, 2015

A glimpse of the future with BayBRAIN

Did you know that scientists can use audio pulses to direct light through the tissue of the brain to stimulate neurons? Or that they’ve developed nanocrystals to aid with imaging, which can be delivered into the brain via antibodies? Sitting in on research presentations at BayBRAIN Neurotechnology Industry Day on November 5 felt like watching […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 24, 2015

BayBRAIN Neurotechnology Industry Day sparked conversations and collaborations

The White House BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative is a bold call-to-action focused on revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. Neurotechnology Industry Day, presented by the Tri-Institutional Partnership (TrIP) between UC Berkeley, UCSF, and LBNL, brought together Bay Area researchers and industry partners to generate transformative collaborations in response to this call to […]

The Kavli Foundation | October 30th, 2015

Spotlight Live: A Call for ‘Brain Observatories’

THE BRAIN INITIATIVE, a grand challenge in science and technology launched two years ago by President Obama, is already fueling the creation of next-generation brain research tools. But how should it evolve to unite and synergize the hundreds of individual laboratories it currently funds? Six researchers essential to catalyzing the BRAIN Initiative now propose a […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | October 27, 2015

Rethinking the nature of signal propagation in neocortical circuits

A major focus of neurobiology research is to understand the organization of the neocortex: the outer layers of the cerebral hemispheres that underlie that most complex mental capabilities.  The neocortex is comprised of 6 layers of cells that are remarkably diverse in form and function and are highly interconnected to form complex networks with both local […]

PLOS Neuro | October 27, 2015

#PLOS #SfN15 Recap: Hidden variables of behavior

The Society for Neuroscience meeting is unique in both is breadth and depth. There are sessions on literally everything Neuro, each delving with exquisite detail and nuance into their given topic. While this level of focus is great for those seeking comprehensive coverage of their niche, it can be daunting for those looking for a […]

Haas Now | October 26, 2015

Asst. Prof. Ming Hsu: Bringing Brains to Marketing

Researchers recently gathered in the basement lab of the Li Ka-Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences at UC Berkeley to catch a glimpse into the future of marketing. From all signs, the future points to brain scans, which promise to one day take some of the guesswork out of the field. “We are trying […]

Scientific American | October 23, 2015

How Does Poverty Affect the Brain?

Growing up in poverty can hinder childhood achievement and affect life trajectory. Researchers in fields, such as economics and social sciences, have extensively documented these differences, but can neuroscientists develop a more complete understanding of poverty’s reach by studying the brains of infants and young children? If neuroscience research can determine the roots of the […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | October 19, 2015

Berkeley neuroscience researchers continue to advance BRAIN Initiative

The Federal Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is an unprecedented commitment of government and private funds to support multidisciplinary neuroscience research, with a proposed budget of $4.5 billion over 12 years. Announced in April 2013, the BRAIN Initiative has been successful in catalyzing new collaborations and funding hundreds of researchers who are […]