Berkeley News | March 24, 2011

UC Berkeley, UCSF join forces to advance frontier of brain repair

Neuroscientists and engineers at UC Berkeley and UCSF have joined forces to help pioneer a new frontier of brain repair – the development of devices that would allow patients with such conditions as stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and Lou Gehrig’s disease to control prosthetics through thoughts alone. Under the newly launched Center […]

Berkeley News | January 5, 2011

Advance makes MRI scans more than seven times faster

An international team of physicists and neuroscientists has reported a breakthrough in magnetic resonance imaging that allows brain scans more than seven times faster than currently possible. In a paper that appeared Dec. 20 in the journal PLoS ONE, a University of California, Berkeley, physicist and colleagues from the University of Minnesota and Oxford University […]

Berkeley News | November 24, 2010

Jet lagged and forgetful? It’s no coincidence

Chronic jet lag alters the brain in ways that cause memory and learning problems long after one’s return to a regular 24-hour schedule, according to research by University of California, Berkeley, psychologists. Twice a week for four weeks, the researchers subjected female Syrian hamsters to six-hour time shifts – the equivalent of a New York-to-Paris […]

Berkeley News | September 20, 2010

For neurons to work as a team, it helps to have a beat

When it comes to conducting complex tasks, it turns out that the brain needs rhythm, according to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. Specifically, cortical rhythms, or oscillations, can effectively rally groups of neurons in widely dispersed regions of the brain to engage in coordinated activity, much like a conductor will summon up various […]

Berkeley News | September 18, 2010

Alzheimer’s drug boosts perceptual learning in healthy adults

Research on a drug commonly prescribed to Alzheimer’s disease patients is helping neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, better understand perceptual learning in healthy adults. In a new study, to be published online Thursday, Sept. 16, in the journal Current Biology, researchers from UC Berkeley’s Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and School of Optometry found […]

Berkeley News | May 10, 2010

Gates foundation awards $100,000 grants for novel global health research

Two University of California, Berkeley, scientists each will receive a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to explore innovative research that could impact global health. The grants to Jennifer Doudna and John Ngai, both UC Berkeley professors of molecular and cell biology, are among 78 grants announced today (Monday, […]

Berkeley News | June 23, 2005

$40 million gift from Li Ka Shing Foundation boosts health science research

The University of California, Berkeley, has received a $40 million gift from the Li Ka Shing Foundation to establish a research center focused on new scientific fields – including stem cell biology and brain imaging – that could provide solutions to today’s major health problems. In recognition of Li’s generosity, the university will name the […]