Berkeley News | December 14th, 2017

Offbeat brain rhythms during sleep make older adults forget

Like swinging a tennis racket during a ball toss to serve an ace, slow and speedy brainwaves during deep sleep must sync up at exactly the right moment to hit the save button on new memories, according to new UC Berkeley research. While these brain rhythms, occurring hundreds of times a night, move in perfect […]

Alzforum | December 14th, 2017

Aβ, Tau Absolved of Causing Mild Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson’s

Why do only some people with Parkinson’s disease decline cognitively? Scientists have proposed various theories, including that coincident Alzheimer’s pathology is to blame. Researchers led by Joseph Winer and William Jagust at the University of California, Berkeley, tested this by measuring amyloid and tau levels in vivo with PET. In the December 11 JAMA Neurology, […]

Phys.Org | December 12th, 2017

Beta of Neurodata Without Borders software now available

Neuroscientists can now explore a beta version of the new Neurodata Without Borders: Neurophysiology (NWB:N 2.0) software and offer input to developers before it is fully released next year. The 2.0 software version was developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab’s) Oliver Ruebel and Andrew Tritt, in close collaboration with Kristofer Bouchard (Berkeley Lab), […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | December 5th, 2017

PhD Program alum Allyson Mackey studies how the brain changes during development and learning

Allyson Mackey wants to understand how the brain changes during development and learning, a question that has interested her since she was babysitting and working in a toy store in her hometown of Denver, Colorado. As an undergraduate at Stanford University, Mackey took on a neuroimaging project and was hooked. In 2007 she joined the […]

Berkeley News | November 20th, 2017

Marla Feller, Mark D’Esposito, and Bob Knight elected AAAS fellows

Six UC Berkeley scientists are among the 396 newest fellows elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for “advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.” Ronald Cohen, Mark D’Esposito, Marla Feller, Alison Gopnik, Robert Knight and Paul Renne have been elected by their peers to the AAAS, the […]

Harrington Discovery Institute

Richard Kramer named Gund-Harrington Scholar

Gund-Harrington Scholars seek clinical breakthroughs in treating blindness. Richard Kramer was named one of four 2017 Gund-Harrington Scholars for his research developing a photoswitch drug candidate for retinitis pigmentosa. > Learn more

Society for Neuroscience | November 11th, 2017

Helen S. Bateup Receives the Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) will present the Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Award to Helen S. Bateup, PhD, of the University of California, Berkeley, and Peter H. Rudebeck, PhD, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The award will be presented at Neuroscience 2017, SfN’s annual meeting and the world’s largest source of emerging news about […]

Lund University News | November 1, 2017

New research shows where in the brain the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s occur

In Alzheimer’s, the initial changes in the brain occur through retention of the protein, β-amyloid (beta-amyloid). The process begins 10–20 years before the first symptoms become noticeable in the patient. In Nature Communications, a research team headed by Professor Oskar Hansson at Lund University has now presented results showing where in the brain the initial […]

Science | October 27th, 2017

The emperor’s new wardrobe: Rebalancing diversity of animal models in neuroscience research

The neuroscience field is steaming ahead, fueled by a revolution in cutting-edge technologies. Concurrently, another revolution has been underway—the diversity of species utilized for neuroscience research is sharply declining, as the field converges on a few selected model organisms. Here, from the perspective of a young scientist, I naively ask: Is the great diversity of […]

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