The Daily Californian | April 23, 2013

UC Berkeley researchers explore search mechanism of human brains

The inner workings of the brain remain largely a mystery to neuroscientists, even with significant advances in the field over the last decade. However, a new discovery from UC Berkeley may help scientists understand one of the brain’s most important functions: its search mechanism. A recent study published April 21 in Nature Neuroscience found that […]

Berkeley News | April 16, 2013

Researchers find out why some stress is good for you

Overworked and stressed out? Look on the bright side. Some stress is good for you. New research by Kaufer and UC Berkeley post-doctoral fellow Elizabeth Kirby has uncovered exactly how acute stress – short-lived, not chronic – primes the brain for improved performance.“You always think about stress as a really bad thing, but it’s not,” […]

Berkeley News | April 2, 2013

Campus poised to join Obama’s BRAIN initiative

Three UC Berkeley scientists were among a gathering of the nation’s top scientists at the White House this morning (Tuesday, April 2) as President Barack Obama announced a major national initiative to develop new tools to create real-time traffic maps of the human brain. In a White House briefing, Obama proposed an initial $100 million […]

LBL News Center | January 28, 2013

Jagust Awarded Potamkin Prize for Alzheimer’s Research

William Jagust, a faculty senior scientist in the Life Sciences Division who also has appointments at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, has been awarded the 2013 Potamkin Prize by the American Academy of Neurology. The Potamkin Prize honors researchers for their work in helping to advance the understanding […]

Berkeley News | August 23rd, 2012

NSF awards $2 million to develop flexible bioelectronics systems

Engineers from the University of California, Berkeley, have been awarded a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop flexible bioelectronics systems to advance medical care. The award will support the development of electronic nanomaterials that could not only be implanted into the body for applications such as would healing, but that could […]

LBL News Center | May 23, 2012

The Search for the Earliest Signs of Alzheimer’s

For the past five years, volunteers from the City of Berkeley and surrounding areas have come to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to participate in an ongoing study that’s changing what scientists know about Alzheimer’s disease. The volunteers, most over the age of 70, undergo what can best be described as a brain checkup. They’re asked […]

Berkeley News | March 4, 2012

Going mental: Study highlights brain’s flexibility, gives hope for natural-feeling neuroprosthetics

Opening the door to the development of thought-controlled prosthetic devices to help people with spinal cord injuries, amputations and other impairments, neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Champalimaud Center for the Unknown in Portugal have demonstrated that the brain is more flexible and trainable than previously thought. Their new study, to be […]

Berkeley News | January 31, 2012

Scientists decode brain waves to eavesdrop on what we hear

Neuroscientists may one day be able to hear the imagined speech of a patient unable to speak due to stroke or paralysis, according to University of California, Berkeley, researchers. These scientists have succeeded in decoding electrical activity in the brain’s temporal lobe – the seat of the auditory system – as a person listens to […]

Berkeley News | December 7, 2011

Research could help people with declining sense of smell

University of California, Berkeley, neuroscientists have discovered a genetic trigger that makes the nose renew its smell sensors, providing hope for new therapies for people who have lost their sense of smell due to trauma or old age. The gene tells olfactory stem cells ‑ the adult tissue stem cells in the nose ‑ to […]