Berkeley News | June 11, 2015

Three campus researchers named 2015 Pew scholars

Three early-career researchers at UC Berkeley have been selected as this year’s Pew scholars, a program for investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. Pew Scholars is a program of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Founded in 1948, Pew is a nonprofit global research and public policy organization dedicated to “improving public […]

Berkeley News | June 1, 2015

Poor sleep linked to toxic buildup of Alzheimer’s protein, memory loss

Sleep may be a missing piece in the Alzheimer’s disease puzzle. UC Berkeley scientists have found compelling evidence that poor sleep — particularly a deficit of the deep, restorative slumber needed to hit the save button on memories — is a channel through which the beta-amyloid protein believed to trigger Alzheimer’s disease attacks the brain’s […]

Time | June 1, 2015

Go to Sleep: It May Be the Best Way to Avoid Getting Alzheimer’s

Doctors studying Alzheimer’s disease have known for a while now that their patients are poor sleepers. But does the disease result in disrupted sleep, or do unhealthy sleep habits contribute to the disease? Reporting in Nature Neuroscience, researchers led by Matthew Walker at the University of California, Berkeley, describe for the first time a unique […]

Berkeley News | May 13, 2015

Drug perks up old muscles and aging brains

Whether you’re brainy, brawny or both, you may someday benefit from a drug found to rejuvenate aging brain and muscle tissue. Researchers at UC Berkeley have discovered that a small-molecule drug simultaneously perks up old stem cells in the brains and muscles of mice, a finding that could lead to drug interventions for humans that […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | April 29, 2015

Cracking the neural code: how single neurons and complex networks process perceptions

By Kevin Doxzen Perception is how we connect with the world around us: from grasping the steering wheel of a car to smelling a fresh cup of coffee in the morning. We often take these experiences for granted. Yet they are actually the result of a finely tuned coordination between complex neural networks in our brain. […]

Berkeley Research News | April 29, 2015

Seeing Through Alzheimer’s Disease

A jury would have to acquit. Two tough guys are caught at the scene of a brutal beating, but no one witnessed the crime. No video cameras or cell phone captured the assault. Maybe both men arrived after the attack. Or one might have acted alone. They’re suspicious, but not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. […]

Berkeley Science Review | April 29, 2015

Staying Sharp

Memory loss, the most distinctive symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, breaks hearts and destroys identities. Jeremy Elman has seen it firsthand. Before coming to UC Berkeley for his PhD in psychology, Elman worked with patients at the San Francisco Veteran’s Administration. “Occasionally when we were working with people with severe Alzheimer’s disease, they would become unsure […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | April 27, 2015

Brain Decoding: modern day cartographers aim to map the human brain

By Tanya Dimitrova Neuroscientist Christian Mikutta sits at the bedside of an epileptic patient in a San Francisco hospital and plays musical chords for her. Some of the chord progressions are predictable, even for non-musicians. Others, however, are very improbable given the standard rules of musicality. Mikutta wants to understand how does a person’s brain […]

Berkeley Research News | April 24, 2015

“Intelligent Design” Can It Deliver?

What do Washington lobbyists and gene therapy have in common? Success for both depends on access and influence. By and large, most drugs are “small molecules,” able to find their way to targets between cells or inside specific cells. They can provide relief from acid reflux, infection or inflammation, or keep serious conditions like diabetes […]