Berkeley News | November 20th, 2017

Marla Feller, Mark D’Esposito, and Bob Knight elected AAAS fellows

Six UC Berkeley scientists are among the 396 newest fellows elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for “advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.” Ronald Cohen, Mark D’Esposito, Marla Feller, Alison Gopnik, Robert Knight and Paul Renne have been elected by their peers to the AAAS, the […]

Harrington Discovery Institute

Richard Kramer named Gund-Harrington Scholar

Gund-Harrington Scholars seek clinical breakthroughs in treating blindness. Richard Kramer was named one of four 2017 Gund-Harrington Scholars for his research developing a photoswitch drug candidate for retinitis pigmentosa. > Learn more

Society for Neuroscience | November 11th, 2017

Helen S. Bateup Receives the Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) will present the Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Award to Helen S. Bateup, PhD, of the University of California, Berkeley, and Peter H. Rudebeck, PhD, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The award will be presented at Neuroscience 2017, SfN’s annual meeting and the world’s largest source of emerging news about […]

Lund University News | November 1, 2017

New research shows where in the brain the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s occur

In Alzheimer’s, the initial changes in the brain occur through retention of the protein, β-amyloid (beta-amyloid). The process begins 10–20 years before the first symptoms become noticeable in the patient. In Nature Communications, a research team headed by Professor Oskar Hansson at Lund University has now presented results showing where in the brain the initial […]

Science | October 27th, 2017

The emperor’s new wardrobe: Rebalancing diversity of animal models in neuroscience research

The neuroscience field is steaming ahead, fueled by a revolution in cutting-edge technologies. Concurrently, another revolution has been underway—the diversity of species utilized for neuroscience research is sharply declining, as the field converges on a few selected model organisms. Here, from the perspective of a young scientist, I naively ask: Is the great diversity of […]

New York Stem Cell Foundation | October 24th, 2017

Stephen Brohawn named 2017 New York Stem Cell Foundation Robertson Neuroscience Investigator

NYSCF welcomed six of the most talented stem cell researchers and neuroscientists from around the world into the NYSCF Investigator Program and the NYSCF Innovator Community. The NYSCF Investigator Program fosters and encourages promising early career scientists whose cutting-edge research holds the potential to accelerate treatments and cures, and provides support for the NYSCF – […]

Berkeley News | October 23rd, 2017

$65.5 million from NIH to create brain atlas

UC Berkeley is partnering with the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle on a $65.5 million, five-year effort to count, catalog and connect the many different cell types in the mouse brain, as a foundation for doing the same for the human brain. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Allen Institute-led consortium represents an […]

BioTechniques | October 2017

Sequencing Brain Cells

With nearly 100 billion neurons and 100 trillion connections, the human brain remains one of our greatest scientific mysteries, as well as one of our largest technical challenges. Despite recent advances in our understanding of the brain, the underlying causes of most neurological and psychiatric disorders remain largely uncharacterized. Many researchers think that developing more […]

Berkeley News | October 17th, 2017

Everything you need to know about sleep, but are too tired to ask

Ask neuroscientist Matthew Walker, author of the new book, Why We Sleep, about the downside of pulling an all-nighter, and he’ll rattle off a list of ill effects that range from memory loss and a compromised immune system to junk food cravings and wild mood swings. There was that time, for instance, when two straitlaced football […]