Berkeley Science Review | May 19th, 2018

Book Review – Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Lying awake at three o’clock in the morning, I began silently cursing the pillow, the blankets, the streetlight filtering in through my window. I had never had trouble sleeping before, but a perfect storm of deadlines and responsibilities had made for several miserable nights in the past week. It was around this time that I […]

Berkeley Science Review | May 19th, 2018

Jose M. Carmena

The brain—or as Dr. Jose Carmena calls it, “the ultimate frontier”—has immense capabilities. It regulates our biological processes, initiates our actions, harbors our conscience, and stores the knowledge we use to understand the world. To expand our understanding of this ultimate frontier, UC Berkeley professor and co-director of the Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses […]

Berkeley News | May 14th, 2018

New structure of tau protein, a key player in Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease develops when proteins in the brain form abnormal tangles, and a key player is tau protein, which normally stabilizes the cytoskeleton of neurons. Though the structure of tau tangles is known, scientists have understood less about how normal tau interacts with the structural components of the cytoskeleton, the so-called microtubules. A team led […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | May 8th, 2018

Working side by side: PhD Program alum Ariel Rokem is a data scientist for academia

“Once we figure out how to collaborate, there are a lot of things we can do that we couldn’t do otherwise.” Ariel Rokem, PhD Program alum (entering class of 2005)   Ariel Rokem is a Data Scientist at the University of Washington eScience Institute, where he collaborates with researchers from diverse fields to develop and […]

Berkeley News | May 7th, 2018

Top graduating senior champions neurodiversity

Scientifically gifted, agile and charmingly quirky, Freja Ekman knows firsthand how it feels to win the genetic lottery. But UC Berkeley’s top graduating senior is also painfully aware of how a single gene mutation can drastically alter the trajectory of one’s life. As a preteen, she witnessed her oldest brother Felix – who has epilepsy, […]

Alzforum | May 5th, 2018

A Little Amyloid, A Lot of Trouble?

Two new longitudinal analyses suggest that even small elevations in brain amyloid, far below the threshold of brain-wide amyloid positivity, can be associated with subtle memory decline and cortical tau deposition. In people with low but detectable amyloid, the rate of accumulation, more than their absolute Aβ level, predicted worsening memory and upped the chance […]

The Next Web | May 3rd, 2018

Researchers are developing a device that can edit brain activity

Neuroscientists at the University of California Berkely are building a device that’ll hack our brains so we can ‘edit’ what we feel and remember. It looks like we’ve drawn “Total Recall” in the ‘which horrifying Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi movie will scientists recreate today’ lottery. The researchers successfully activated and deactivated specific groups of neurons in […]

Berkeley News | May 1st, 2018

Yang Dan and Ehud Isacoff elected to the National Academy of Sciences

The academy, founded in 1863 and the most prestigious scientific society in the U.S., provides science, engineering and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations. The new members will be inducted at the annual national meeting in 2019. Dan uses state-of-the-art techniques to explore how the brain controls sleep and how the […]

Newsweek | May 1st, 2018

Brain holography: We may soon be able to edit our memories and sensations with this new tech

What if we had the ability to fool our brain into thinking that we’d experienced something that never happened? While this may sound far-fetched, neuroscientists at the University of California-Berkeley are developing a technique that could do just that by manipulating electrical activity in the brain. The technique is called holographic projection and it involves a piece […]