Cognito | November 11, 2015

A glimpse of the future with BayBRAIN

Did you know that scientists can use audio pulses to direct light through the tissue of the brain to stimulate neurons? Or that they’ve developed nanocrystals to aid with imaging, which can be delivered into the brain via antibodies? Sitting in on research presentations at BayBRAIN Neurotechnology Industry Day on November 5 felt like watching […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 24, 2015

BayBRAIN Neurotechnology Industry Day sparked conversations and collaborations

By Georgeann Sack The White House BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative is a bold call-to-action focused on revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. Neurotechnology Industry Day, presented by the Tri-Institutional Partnership (TrIP) between UC Berkeley, UCSF, and LBNL, brought together Bay Area researchers and industry partners to generate transformative collaborations in response to […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | October 27, 2015

Rethinking the nature of signal propagation in neocortical circuits

A major focus of neurobiology research is to understand the organization of the neocortex: the outer layers of the cerebral hemispheres that underlie that most complex mental capabilities.  The neocortex is comprised of 6 layers of cells that are remarkably diverse in form and function and are highly interconnected to form complex networks with both local […]

PLOS Neuro | October 27, 2015

#PLOS #SfN15 Recap: Hidden variables of behavior

The Society for Neuroscience meeting is unique in both is breadth and depth. There are sessions on literally everything Neuro, each delving with exquisite detail and nuance into their given topic. While this level of focus is great for those seeking comprehensive coverage of their niche, it can be daunting for those looking for a […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | October 19, 2015

Berkeley neuroscience researchers continue to advance BRAIN Initiative

By Georgeann Sack The Federal Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is an unprecedented commitment of government and private funds to support multidisciplinary neuroscience research, with a proposed budget of $4.5 billion over 12 years. Announced in April 2013, the BRAIN Initiative has been successful in catalyzing new collaborations and funding hundreds of […]

Berkeley News | October 15, 2015

Researchers find neural switch that turns dreams on and off

At the flip of a switch, UC Berkeley neuroscientists can send a sleeping mouse into dreamland. The researchers inserted an optogenetic switch into a group of nerve cells located in the ancient part of the brain called the medulla, allowing them to activate or inactivate the neurons with laser light. When the neurons were activated, […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | August 30, 2015

Cortical neurons encode goal-directed behaviors

Monitoring neuronal activity in freely behaving animals is challenging but necessary if we are to understand the neuronal circuits involved in complex behaviors. In their recent Neuron paper, Lucas Pinto, Neuroscience Ph.D. Program alumnus, and Yang Dan, professor of of Neurobiology in the Cell and Molecular Biology Department, did exactly that. Pinto and Dan expressed an indicator of […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | August 25, 2015

The bat man is here: HWNI welcomes Michael Yartsev

by Georgeann Sack Michael Yartsev has joined the Berkeley neuroscience community as Assistant Professor affiliated with the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, Department of Bioengineering, and Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute. The Yartsev lab will use a unique animal model, bats, to study the neural basis of complex spatial behaviors and acoustic communication in mammals. When […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | June 11, 2015

Introducing the ZEISS Berkeley Brain Microscopy Innovation Center

By Georgeann Sack   A resource for the neuroscience community   The BRAIN Initiative has spurred the rapid development of new optical tools to precisely measure and manipulate neuronal activity. These powerful tools are an important and exciting step toward deciphering the neuronal circuits that command essential brain functions, such as perception, movement, and memory. […]

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