ABC News | October 21, 2014

Berkeley team to transform MRI

At a busy imaging lab at the University of California, Berkeley researchers are preparing for a journey to unmapped corners of the human brain. To get there, the team led by neuroscience professor David Feinberg, Ph.D, is pushing the boundaries of magnetic resonance imaging, also known as MRI. Instead of imaging the entire brain, they’re […]

Berkeley News | October 16, 2014

New front in war on Alzheimer’s, other protein-folding diseases

A surprise discovery that overturns decades of thinking about how the body fixes proteins that come unraveled greatly expands opportunities for therapies to prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, which have been linked to the accumulation of improperly folded proteins in the brain. “This finding provides a whole other outlook on protein-folding diseases; a […]

SF Gate | October 8, 2014

New wave of brain research aims to understanding every function

When the United States’ top public health and political leaders declared the 1990s the “decade of the brain,” Dr. Pratik Mukherjee couldn’t help but feel a little dubious. “I was kind of laughing, because I didn’t think we’d make much progress in just a decade,” said Mukherjee, a neuro-radiologist at UCSF. Twenty-four years later, Mukherjee […]

UCSF News | October 8, 2014

UCSF, UC Berkeley Scientists Join Forces in New Glenn Center for Aging Research

Researchers at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley have teamed up to create an innovative, integrated center for research on neurodegenerative diseases. Supported by a $3 million grant from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, the new center aims to pave the way to developing novel treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s […]

Berkeley News | October 2, 2014

Why we can’t tell a Hollywood heartthrob from his stunt double

Johnny Depp has an unforgettable face. Tony Angelotti, his stunt double in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” does not. So why is it that when they’re swashbuckling on screen, audiences worldwide see them both as the same person? UC Berkeley scientists have cracked that mystery. Researchers have pinpointed the brain mechanism by which we latch on […]

LBL News Center | October 1, 2014

Director Alivisatos Plays Key Role in White House BRAIN Conference

The White House hosted a conference on Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) yesterday as a follow up to the President’s 2013 announcement of the BRAIN initiative. Brought together to talk about how they could play a role in making this collaborative endeavor a success, conference attendees included representatives from national labs, academic and […]

Berkeley News | September 30, 2014

NIH awards UC Berkeley $7.2 million to advance brain initiative

The National Institutes of Health today announced its first research grants through President Barack Obama’s BRAIN Initiative, including three awards to the University of California, Berkeley, totaling nearly $7.2 million over three years. The projects are among 58 funded in this initial wave of NIH grants, involving 100 researchers and a total of $46 million […]

Berkeley News | September 25, 2014

Three Bay Area institutions join forces to seed transformative brain research

Two state-of-the-art research areas – nanotech and optogenetics – were the dominant theme last Thursday, Sept. 18, as six researchers from UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory sketched out their teams’ bold plans to jump-start new brain research. The rapid-fire talks kicked off a one-of-a-kind collaboration among the three institutions in […]

Berkeley News | September 14, 2014

Researchers find neural compensation in people with Alzheimer’s-related protein

The human brain is capable of a neural workaround that compensates for the buildup of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study led by UC Berkeley researchers. The findings, published Sept. 14 in the journal Nature Neuroscience, could help explain how some older adults with beta-amyloid deposits in their […]