Berkeley Neuroscience News | January 29, 2019

Making tech more user-friendly: PhD alum Chung-Hay Luk researches how people interact with technology

At HWNI, Chung-Hay Luk studied decision-making and created dresses with interactive electronics for fun. Now she combines her neuroscience and tech interests as a UX researcher at Google.

Berkeley Neuroscience News | January 29, 2019

Light can shape the visual system before the eyes are even open

By Rachel Henderson The eyes of mice do not open until about two weeks after birth, yet light coming in through their closed eyelids is still able to trigger retinal activity and shape the wiring of the visual system, according to a new study published in Neuron from Professor of Neurobiology and Berkeley Neuroscience member […]

New York Times | January 28, 2019

Why It Hurts to Lose Sleep

Veteran insomniacs know in their bones what science has to say about sleep deprivation and pain: that the two travel together, one fueling the other. For instance, people who develop chronic pain often lose the ability to sleep well, and quickly point to a bad back, sciatica or arthritis as the reason. The loss of […]

Berkeley News | January 28, 2019

Sleep loss heightens pain sensitivity, dulls brain’s painkilling response

When we’re in pain, we have a hard time sleeping. But how does poor sleep affect pain? For the first time, UC Berkeley scientists have answered that question by identifying neural glitches in the sleep-deprived brain that can intensify and prolong the agony of sickness and injury. Their findings, published Jan. 28 in the Journal of […]

Molecular & Cell Biology News | January 24, 2019

Lammel wins C.J. Herrick Award in Neuroanatomy

Congratulations to MCB Assistant Professor Stephan Lammel, recipient of the 2019 C.J. Herrick Award in Neuroanatomy! This award from the American Association of Anatomists honors an early-career investigator who has made important contributions to biomedical science and the field of neuroanatomy.

Berkeley News | January 21, 2019

Mouse studies question ‘inhibition’ theory of autism

A detailed study of four mouse models of autism challenges the most common assumption about what goes wrong in brain circuits to cause disease symptoms. Researchers are even now looking for ways to increase overall inhibition of neurons in the brain to try to reset the balance between excitation and inhibition and hopefully lessen the […]

Berkeley News | January 17, 2019

Thanks to rapid, 3D imaging, anyone can tour the fly brain

A new fly-through of the fly brain allows anyone to whizz past neurons and visit any of the 40 million synapses where neurons touch neuron. It’s a super-resolution view of the complex network connections in the insect’s brain that underlie behaviors ranging from feeding to mating. What’s unprecedented, however, is that this 3D map over […]

San Francisco Chronicle | January 12, 2019

What will football helmets look like in future? Robert Knight may know

Tucked away in an unassuming cluster of warehouses on Richmond’s industrial west side, Dr. Robert Knight spends his days cracking heads. Figuratively speaking, of course. His laboratory houses a number of scary-looking contraptions, simulating gruesome impacts to the human cranium. Steel weights drop through the air, pounding plastic dummies in the noggin. A pendulum device […]

Berkeley News | December 31, 2018

Wireless ‘pacemaker for the brain’ could be new standard treatment for neurological disorders

Rikky Muller, Jose Carmena, and colleagues develop a device that can autonomously and simultaneously record brain activity and provide stimulation to treat disorders in real-time.