Berkeley News | January 16, 2020

Merging old and new microscopy yields best 3D view yet inside cells

By combining electron microscopy (EM) with the latest super-resolution microscopy (SR), Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and UC Berkeley scientists have obtained exquisitely detailed views of the complex innards of cells, all in 3D. In a report in this week’s issue of the journal Science, the researchers describe their technique, called cryo-SR/EM, and display some […]

Berkeley News | January 13, 2020

New helmet design protects against head-twisting impacts

As a neurologist, Robert Knight has seen what happens when the brain crashes around violently inside the skull. And he’s aware of the often tragic consequences. Throughout his 40 years as an academic researcher and medical doctor, the University of California, Berkeley, professor of psychology and neuroscience has known students and friends whose lives and […]

Berkeley News | January 3, 2020

Brain scans could flag children’s future mental health problems

A study led by Northeastern University psychologist Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli, above, and UC Berkeley neuroscientist Silvia Bunge shows that brain scans in young children can predict future mental health and attention issues. (Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University)

It can take years to diagnose children with psychiatric or attention deficit disorders, forcing them to endure a lot of frustration and suffering. But a new study led by scientists at UC Berkeley and Northeastern University has found evidence that brain scans, if conducted early, can predict whether a youngster is susceptible to mental health […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | December 6, 2019

Berkeley Neuroscience members meet prospective PhD students at fall conferences

Fall is graduate school application season, and scientific conferences are a great opportunity for us to meet potential new Neuroscience PhD Program students. This fall, Berkeley Neuroscience faculty, staff, and students were pleased to attend several meetings where we talked with prospective students about our program.  Neuroscience PhD student Christiane Voufo represented our program at […]

Berkeley News | December 4, 2019

Drugs that quell brain inflammation reverse dementia

Drugs that tamp down inflammation in the brain could slow or even reverse the cognitive decline that comes with age. In a publication appearing today in the journal Science Translational Medicine, University of California, Berkeley, and Ben-Gurion University scientists report that senile mice given one such drug had fewer signs of brain inflammation and were better […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | December 3, 2019

Increasing complexity: PhD alum Gautam Agarwal challenges the brain to understand how it works in the real world

In this Q&A, Gautam Agarwal, now a research scientist in the Sommer lab, discusses how he has explored the mind through synapses, theoretical neuroscience, video games, and dance.

McKnight Foundation | December 3, 2019

Isacoff receives McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience has selected four projects to receive the 2020 Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards. The awards will total $1.2 million over three years for research on the biology of brain diseases, with each project receiving $300,000 between 2020 and 2023. The Memory and Cognitive Disorders (MCD) Awards support innovative research […]

Berkeley News | November 26, 2019

Schaffer and Ivry elected fellows of the AAAS

Five Berkeley faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed upon the society’s members by their peers. The five are among 443 members awarded the honor because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Founded in 1848, the […]

Berkeley News | November 27, 2019

New center illuminates ‘microscopic universe within each cell’

In a video posted online this week, Seeker, a San Francisco-based digital media network focused on science and technology, profiled UC Berkeley’s newest cutting-edge facility, the Advanced Bioimaging Center. Run by Srigokul “Gokul” Upadhyayula, a newly arrived assistant professor-in-residence of molecular and cell biology, the center is building imaging systems that will provide real-time video […]