Berkeley News | June 26, 2019

Disrupted sleep in one’s 50s, 60s raises risk of Alzheimer’s disease

People who report a declining quality of sleep as they age from their 50s to their 60s have more protein tangles in their brain, putting them at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, according to a new study by psychologists at the University of California, Berkeley.

Berkeley Neuroscience News | June 25, 2019

Teaching science and the science of teaching: PhD Program alum Robin Ball

Robin Ball, who was in the first class of PhD Program students, is a lecturer at Berkeley and facilitates a program to help faculty improve their teaching.

ALZFORUM | June 21, 2019

Do Brain Waves During Sleep Reflect Aβ and Tau Pathologies?

Could gauging Aβ and tau accumulation in healthy older adults be as simple as measuring their brain activity during sleep? Researchers led by Matthew Walker, University of California, Berkeley, think it might. In the June 17 Journal of Neuroscience, they describe distinct EEG patterns that associate with each of these pathologies. Less slow-wave activity during […]

Berkeley News | June 20, 2019

Bats’ brains sync when they socialize

The phrase “we’re on the same wavelength” may be more than just a friendly saying: A new study by University of California, Berkeley, researchers shows that bats’ brain activity is literally in sync when bats engage in social behaviors like grooming, fighting or sniffing each other. “Whenever the bats were socially interacting, you could see […]

Molecular & Cell Biology | June 19, 2019

Adesnik and Brohawn named 2019 Rose Hills Innovators

Congratulations to MCB Associate Professor Hillel Adesnik, and MCB Assistant Professors Gloria Brar and Stephen Brohawn on being named 2019 Rose Hills Innovators! The program, launched in 2014 and established with generous support from The Rose Hills Foundation, supports distinguished early-career faculty in the STEM fields. The program focuses efforts on strengthening the endeavors of UC Berkeley researchers by providing seed support […]

Berkeley Haas Newsroom | June 19, 2019

How information is like snacks, money, and drugs—to your brain

Can’t stop checking your phone, even when you’re not expecting any important messages? Blame your brain. A new study by researchers at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business has found that information acts on the brain’s dopamine-producing reward system in the same way as money or food. “To the brain, information is its own reward, […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | May 28, 2019

Q&A with the 2019 Neuroscience PhD Program graduates

Congratulations to our graduates! As always, we are inspired by and proud of our truly exceptional students. Read the Q&A to learn about their biggest discoveries, future plans, and words of advice.

Berkeley Neuroscience News | May 15, 2019

Same neurotransmitter, different functions: Identification of subnetworks of somatostatin neurons in sensory processing

Read our Q&A with first author Alex Naka, a PhD Program alum, about a new study that resulted from collaboration between multiple Berkeley Neuroscience members.

Berkeley Vision Science | May 1, 2019

Marty Banks elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Berkeley Optometry and Vision Science professor Martin Banks has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Banks is one of 100 new members elected for their “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research” who were announced April 30 by the academy. Those elected yesterday bring the total number of active members to 2,347 and […]