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 […]

eLife Sciences | November 26, 2019

Ten simple rules for computational modeling of behavioral data

New guidelines for scientists who use computational modelling to analyse behavioural data have been published today in the open-access journal eLife. The goal of computational modelling in the behavioural sciences is to use precise mathematical models to make better sense of data concerning behaviours. These data often come in the form of choices, but can […]

Berkeley News | November 25, 2019

Babies in the womb may see more than we thought

By the second trimester, long before a baby’s eyes can see images, they can detect light. But the light-sensitive cells in the developing retina — the thin sheet of brain-like tissue at the back of the eye — were thought to be simple on-off switches, presumably there to set up the 24-hour, day-night rhythms parents […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 22, 2019

New model of neural processing could help us understand the brain and create better AI

The Sommer lab has developed a model that uses neuronal “spikes” and rhythmic activity to help explain how the brain performs complex computations, which has implications for machine learning.