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The Helen Wills
Neuroscience Institute

Deepening our understanding of the brain and the rest of the nervous system through original research and neurotechnology innovation, and training the next generation of neuroscientists.

The Helen Wills
Neuroscience Institute

Deepening our understanding of the brain and the rest of the nervous system through original research and neurotechnology innovation, and training the next generation of neuroscientists.

An image of dendritic spines on neurons in the mouse cortex, produced using new microscopy technology developed by HWNI member Eric Betzig.   

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Neuroscience

The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI) is the nexus for campus-wide multidisciplinary neuroscience research at UC Berkeley. Our community includes over 70 faculty members in 12 academic departments. This unique cross-departmental structure brings together experts from a variety of fields to use the power of interdisciplinary research to achieve breakthroughs in the study of the brain and nervous system, and to drive the development of novel treatments and technologies. 

We support our faculty and their labs in their individual research aims, and foster opportunities for collaboration. We also sponsor major research initiatives, run six innovative neurotechnology and research centers, and train the next generation of neuroscientists through our Neuroscience PhD Program and the training of postdoctoral fellows who conduct research in HWNI faculty labs. We also have over 100 PhD Program alumni who work in a variety of careers across the globe.

Latest News

Yartsev receives two awards at Society for Neuroscience meeting

Yartsev receives two awards at Society for Neuroscience meeting

Michael Yartsev has won the SFN Young Investigator and Krieg Cortical Kudos Explorer awards!
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Yartsev named 2022 Peter Gruss Young Investigator Award winner

Yartsev named 2022 Peter Gruss Young Investigator Award winner

Congratulations to HWNI faculty member Michael Yartsev!
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UC Berkeley alum Greg Dunn celebrates the brain through art

UC Berkeley alum Greg Dunn celebrates the brain through art

Read our Q&A with alum Greg Dunn, a renowned artist with a PhD in Neuroscience.
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Weill Hall and Weill Neurohub East open at UC Berkeley with ribbon cutting ceremony

Weill Hall and Weill Neurohub East open at UC Berkeley with ribbon cutting ceremony

Read about the October 3 opening of Weill Hall and Weill Neurohub East.
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Berkeley Neuroscience annual conference held at Asilomar

Berkeley Neuroscience annual conference held at Asilomar

Read about our 2022 UC Berkeley Neuroscience annual conference, held from October 14-16.
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Fisher receives NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

Fisher receives NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

Congratulations to HWNI member and assistant professor of neurobiology Yvette Fisher!
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University of Washington joins us in Alliance for Therapies in Neuroscience

University of Washington joins us in Alliance for Therapies in Neuroscience

UW joins UC Berkeley, UCSF, Genentech, and Roche in this innovative partnership.
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Sleepless and selfish: Lack of sleep makes us less generous

Sleepless and selfish: Lack of sleep makes us less generous

New study from HWNI member Matthew Walker’s lab, led by research scientist Eti Ben Simon.
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Recent Faculty Publications

25 Nov 2022
Neuroimage. 2022 Nov 22:119765. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2022.119765. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTThe fusiform face area (FFA) is a widely studied region causally involved in face perception. Even though cognitive neuroscientists have been...
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22 Nov 2022
Curr Biol. 2022 Nov 21;32(22):R1264-R1266. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2022.09.042.ABSTRACTThe visual clutter we constantly encounter in the world limits object recognition, a phenomenon known as visual crowding. A new study shows that ensemble...
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21 Nov 2022
Front Behav Neurosci. 2022 Nov 4;16:988033. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2022.988033. eCollection 2022.ABSTRACTDispersal from the natal site or familial group is a core milestone of adolescent development in many species. A wild species...
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21 Nov 2022
Front Behav Neurosci. 2022 Nov 4;16:988033. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2022.988033. eCollection 2022.ABSTRACTDispersal from the natal site or familial group is a core milestone of adolescent development in many species. A wild species...
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21 Nov 2022
Front Behav Neurosci. 2022 Nov 4;16:988033. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2022.988033. eCollection 2022.ABSTRACTDispersal from the natal site or familial group is a core milestone of adolescent development in many species. A wild species...
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