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 […]

Huffington Post | April 20, 2015

Artificial Photosynthesis Advance Hailed As Major Breakthrough

In what’s being called a win-win for the environment and the production of renewable energy, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, have achieved a major breakthrough in artificial photosynthesis. The scientists have created a system that can capture carbon dioxide emissions before they’re released into the atmosphere and convert […]

UT Dallas Center for Brain Health | March 26, 2015

Reprogramming the Brain to Health Research Symposium

The Reprogramming the Brain to Health Research Symposium brings together the most distinguished brain scientists to share and learn up-to-the-minute breakthroughs in brain research and recognize a pioneering neuroscientist whose innovation has made a tremendous contribution to the area of brain research with the Dr. Charles L. Branch BrainHealth Award. This year, the ninth annual […]

LBL News Center | March 24, 2015

Turn the Light On: A Non-visual Opsin Could Help Future Studies of the Brain and Central Nervous System

In the on-going search for a better understanding of how the brain and central nervous system develop, a potentially powerful new tool could soon be available. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered a light-sensitive opsin protein that plays a surprising and possibly critical role in neuron maturation and circuit formation. Ehud […]

Berkeley News | March 23, 2015

Bakar Fellows show off their discoveries to tech entrepreneurship world

Sixteen UC Berkeley faculty who are conducting commercially promising research supported by the Bakar Fellows Program made a recent trip to San Francisco to deepen their connections with prominent venture capital firms, industry partners and entrepreneurs. Introduced to their rapt audience by Vice Chancellor for Research Graham Fleming, the fellows put on a series of […]

Berkeley News | March 19, 2015

Altering brain chemistry makes us more sensitive to inequality

What if there were a pill that made you more compassionate and more likely to give spare change to someone less fortunate? UC Berkeley scientists have taken a big step in that direction. A new study by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco researchers finds that giving a drug that changes the neurochemical balance in […]

Berkeley News | March 17th, 2015

‘Smart bandage’ detects bedsores before they are visible to doctors

Engineers at UC Berkeley are developing a new type of bandage that does far more than stanch the bleeding from a paper cut or scraped knee. Thanks to advances in flexible electronics, the researchers, in collaboration with colleagues at UC San Francisco, have created a new “smart bandage” that uses electrical currents to detect early […]