NIH BRAIN Publication Roundup | June 20th, 2017

Advancements to functional imaging technique result in ultra-high resolution capture of human cortical columns

Despite numerous advances in fMRI technology, most components are optimized for the entire body. This makes safe, ultra-high resolution (UHR) imaging of columnar organization throughout the cortex of the human brain nearly impossible. At the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. David Feinberg and colleagues applied updates to magnetic gradients, receiver arrays, and pulse sequences of […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | June 17th, 2017

Recent PhD graduate Brian Isett studies how tactile textures and shapes are represented in the brain

  by Georgeann Sack The building blocks of experience Brian Isett has long been interested in the big, difficult questions about perception. His drive to understand individual experience led him to study philosophy and write poetry, but that was not enough. He wanted answers. Rather than throwing up his hands, he rolled up his sleeves […]

Berkeley News | June 13th, 2017

Dressmakers found to have needle-sharp 3D vision

Haute couture can be credited for enhancing more than catwalks and red carpets. New research from UC Berkeley suggests that the 3D or “stereoscopic” vision of dressmakers is as sharp as their needles. Stereoscopic vision is the brain’s ability to decode the flat 2D optical information received by both eyes to give us the depth […]

San Francisco Chronicle | June 12th, 2017

Shedding light on how antidepressants affect the brain

By 2022, UC Berkeley researcher Markita Landry thinks she will have developed the technology to X-ray brain tissue of live mice — a feat that would help doctors, scientists and pharmaceutical companies better understand the way antidepressants affect human brains. It is an ambitious goal, but one that could help revolutionize the way drugs for […]

2017 Call for Proposals: Rennie Fund for the Study of Epilepsy

Rennie Fund for the Study of Epilepsy Applications for 2017 are now open and due July 14, 2017 at 5pm The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI) calls for proposals to the Rennie Fund. This fund provides 1-year awards to support new research and knowledge development on epilepsy. Proposals can be directly related to epilepsy, or to […]

Berkeley News | June 1st, 2017

Puberty hormones trigger changes in youthful learning

A UC Berkeley study of mice reveals, for the first time, how puberty hormones might impede some aspects of flexible youthful learning. “We have found that the onset of puberty hits something like a ‘switch’ in the brain’s frontal cortex that can reduce flexibility in some forms of learning,” said study senior author Linda Wilbrecht, […]

Allen Institute for Brain Science | May 26th, 2017

A wiring diagram for sleep

Anyone who suffers from insomnia knows how sleep is not so easily untangled from being awake—and recent research shows that the brain’s own wiring reflects that pattern. In collaboration with scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science have identified a specific group of neurons that control sleep. The […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | May 17th, 2017

Brohawn and Yartsev receive McKnight Scholar Awards

Six neuroscientists have been selected to receive the 2017 McKnight Scholar Awards, including Berkeley Neuroscience faculty Stephen Brohawn and Michael Yartsev. The McKnight Scholar Awards are granted to young scientists who are in the early stages of establishing their own independent laboratories and research careers and who have demonstrated a commitment to neuroscience. The Endowment […]

Cell Press | May 17, 2017

Walter J. Freeman: A Tribute

In the early 1960s, few neuroscientists attempted to model brain function using mathematics. Computers were slow and expensive, so numerical approximations of complex phenomena were out of reach in most cases, and scientists resorted primarily to analytical representations of simpler processes. The study of circuits was not new to Walter J. Freeman. He had started […]

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