Neurodata Without Borders Blog | November 20, 2015

To Accelerate Pace of Discovery, Neuroscientists and Funders Launch Resource Aimed at Breaking Data Barriers in Brain Research

With scientists storing data in scores of different ways, Neurodata Without Borders provides a common format or “language” for brain data, beginning with neurophysiology An alliance of brain researchers and funders has announced a common data format to facilitate the free and open exchange of complex information about the brain—information that scientists can then use […]

Quartz | November 19, 2015

To get ahead in your career, disrupt yourself first

In her new book, Disrupt Yourself, Whitney Johnson argues that the principles from Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen’stheory of disruptive innovation can also be applied on an individual level. Just as companies like Netflix created a new market before competing directly with (and ultimately disrupting) Blockbuster, individuals stand a better chance of achieving high […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 18, 2015

Neurodata Without Borders

The common data format for neurophysiology has been released! The latest neurotechnologies enable electrical or optical recordings from hundreds or even thousands of neurons at a time, generating huge amounts of data. Researchers are using these methods to interrogate different regions of the brain in many different ways. It would be highly beneficial to compare […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 17, 2015

A tool to study the dynamic process of receptor activation

G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), the largest family of membrane proteins, enable cells to respond to a wide array of extracellular stimuli and control diverse intracellular signaling pathways. The Class C GPCRs, which contain the metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) and GABAB receptors, are expressed throughout the nervous system where they control excitability and synaptic strength and […]

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 […]