Berkeley News | October 11th, 2017

Fever in early pregnancy linked to birth defects, animal study shows

Fevers in a mother’s first trimester of pregnancy increase the baby’s risk for some heart defects and facial deformities such as cleft lip or palate, but exactly how this happens is unclear. Scientists have debated whether a virus or other infection causes the defects, or if fever alone is the problem. UC Berkeley researchers have […]

BOLD | October 11th, 2017

Kids growing up in poverty struggle to acquire vital cognitive abilities

Silvia Bunge, Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, talks about the two cognitive abilities that are essential for good life outcomes: self-regulation and reasoning ability. The area of the brain where these abilities develop is very sensitive to environment. She is developing a new study aimed at examining at whether, how and when intensive […]

CNN | October 10th, 2017

How fever in early pregnancy can cause birth defects

Running a high fever during early pregnancy is known to be dangerous. A first-trimester fever can increase a baby’s risk of developing a congenital heart defect and certain facial deformities, such as cleft lip or cleft palate. But is it the fever or the underlying infection that causes the defect? A new study published Tuesday in the […]

The New York Times | October 10th, 2017

Exploring the Necessity and Virtue of Sleep

You’re really asking for it when you name your book “Snooze” or “Why We Sleep.” A reviewer is tempted to dismiss the former by saying that it lives up to its title and the latter by replying, “Because of doorstop tomes like yours, pal!” Fortunately, the respective authors of these books — Michael McGirr and […]

The Daily Californian | October 9th, 2017

Researchers at UC Berkeley receive $13M to construct next-generation MRI brain scanner

UC Berkeley has received $13.4 million to build a next-generation MRI brain scanner, which will allow researchers to view minute details of the brain with more clarity than before. This scanner’s new technology will increase the resolution of images by a factor of 20, according to a campus press release. Funding for the project comes […]

Berkeley News | October 6th, 2017

$13.4 million to build next-gen MRI brain scanner at UC Berkeley

Functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, has transformed our view of the brain, allowing researchers to pinpoint areas associated with everything from depression and dementia to playing chess and engaging in sex. Its key limitation, however, is resolution: Even the most powerful scanners, using strong 7 to 10 Tesla magnets (7T to 10T), can often […]

California Magazine | Fall 2017

Dust in the Machine

Hear the letters BMI and the first thing you probably think of is “body mass index.” Keep your eyes peeled because “brain-machine interfaces” could soon hijack more than just the acronym. Jose Carmena was in a mid-Ph.D. crisis studying robotics at the University of Edinburgh when Miguel Nicolelis, John Chapin, and colleagues from Duke University and the MCP […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News

SfN Showing of My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond

My Love Affair with the Brain A Film Documentary of the Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond SfN Showing Monday, November 13th, 6:30-8 pm Marriott Marquis Washington, DC: Salon 5   How can you not fall in love with a woman who carries around a human brain inside a floral-decorated hatbox? Meet Dr. Marian […]

The Guardian | September 24th, 2017

The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science

Matthew Walker has learned to dread the question “What do you do?” At parties, it signals the end of his evening; thereafter, his new acquaintance will inevitably cling to him like ivy. On an aeroplane, it usually means that while everyone else watches movies or reads a thriller, he will find himself running an hours-long […]

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