Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 6, 2019

A holistic approach to understanding sensory perception

Associate Professor Hillel Adesnik and PhD Program alum Alexander Naka propose using new technologies in concert with each other to answer open questions about the function of cortical layers.

Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 5, 2019

Theunissen wins Carl Friedrich von Siemens Research Award

Congratulations to Professor Frédéric Theunissen for winning a Carl Friedrich von Siemens Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation!

Berkeley College of Chemistry | February 1, 2019

Professor Christopher Chang awarded the 2019 Sackler Prize in Chemistry

Christopher Chang, Professor of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley has been awarded the 2019 Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Chemistry(link is external) from Tel Aviv University. The prize recognizes distinguished scientists under age 45 who have made outstanding and fundamental contributions in their fields. Chang shares the 2019 prize with Matthew Disney […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | January 29, 2019

Making tech more user-friendly: PhD alum Chung-Hay Luk researches how people interact with technology

At HWNI, Chung-Hay Luk studied decision-making and created dresses with interactive electronics for fun. Now she combines her neuroscience and tech interests as a UX researcher at Google.

Berkeley Neuroscience News | January 29, 2019

Light can shape the visual system before the eyes are even open

By Rachel Henderson The eyes of mice do not open until about two weeks after birth, yet light coming in through their closed eyelids is still able to trigger retinal activity and shape the wiring of the visual system, according to a new study published in Neuron from Professor of Neurobiology and Berkeley Neuroscience member […]

New York Times | January 28, 2019

Why It Hurts to Lose Sleep

Veteran insomniacs know in their bones what science has to say about sleep deprivation and pain: that the two travel together, one fueling the other. For instance, people who develop chronic pain often lose the ability to sleep well, and quickly point to a bad back, sciatica or arthritis as the reason. The loss of […]

Berkeley News | January 28, 2019

Sleep loss heightens pain sensitivity, dulls brain’s painkilling response

When we’re in pain, we have a hard time sleeping. But how does poor sleep affect pain? For the first time, UC Berkeley scientists have answered that question by identifying neural glitches in the sleep-deprived brain that can intensify and prolong the agony of sickness and injury. Their findings, published Jan. 28 in the Journal of […]

Molecular & Cell Biology News | January 24, 2019

Lammel wins C.J. Herrick Award in Neuroanatomy

Congratulations to MCB Assistant Professor Stephan Lammel, recipient of the 2019 C.J. Herrick Award in Neuroanatomy! This award from the American Association of Anatomists honors an early-career investigator who has made important contributions to biomedical science and the field of neuroanatomy.

Berkeley News | January 21, 2019

Mouse studies question ‘inhibition’ theory of autism

A detailed study of four mouse models of autism challenges the most common assumption about what goes wrong in brain circuits to cause disease symptoms. Researchers are even now looking for ways to increase overall inhibition of neurons in the brain to try to reset the balance between excitation and inhibition and hopefully lessen the […]