California Magazine | July 7, 2020

Can We Cure Dementia?

In the 1990s, thousands of U.S. veterans returning from combat in the Persian Gulf began suffering from what became known as Gulf War Syndrome, an undiagnosed host of chronic neurological symptoms. During the first Gulf War, deployed soldiers had been prescribed a daily dose of the drug pyridostigmine as a prophylactic against nerve gas because […]

Berkeley News | June 11, 2020

Corey Goodman awarded Gruber Neuroscience Prize

Neuroscientist Corey Goodman, a longtime researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, who went on to start numerous biotech companies and, most recently, co-founded a venture capital firm, has been awarded the 2020 Gruber Neuroscience Prize. Goodman, a UC Berkeley adjunct professor at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI), shares the prize with Stanford University President Marc […]

Berkeley Vision Science | May 21, 2020

Perception as inference: The brain and computation

A new video produced by the Simons Institute examines the computational processes by which the brain builds visual models of the external world, based on noisy or incomplete data from patterns of light sensed on the retinae. The video — the first of a series of “Theory Shorts” the institute will be producing — features Dr. Bruno […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | June 3, 2020

Message of support to the HWNI community

A message from our director Udi Isacoff, PhD Program Director Michael Silver, and PhD Program Manager Candace Groskreutz condemning racial injustice and expressing support for the members of our community.

Berkeley Neuroscience News | May 27, 2020

Gallant and Liu to serve as co-directors of the Henry H. Wheeler, Jr. Berkeley Brain Imaging Center

Congratulations to Jack Gallant and Chunlei Liu for becoming co-directors of the BIC, and thank you to former director Mark D’Esposito for years of dedicated leadership.

Berkeley Neuroscience News | May 27, 2020

Q&A with the 2020 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 20, 2020

HWNI faculty awarded grants to tackle COVID-19

Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI) faculty members Stephen Brohawn, Diana Bautista, Hillel Adesnik, and Markita Landry have received funding to address the urgent problem of COVID-19. Brohawn, who normally studies ion channels in the context of neural signaling, has begun a project to find drugs that target an ion channel in the membrane of SARS-CoV-2, […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | May 19, 2020

Gomez, Kramer, and Brohawn are the winners of the 2020 Rennie Fund for the Study of Epilepsy

Congratulations to HWNI members Andrea Gomez, Richard H. Kramer, and Stephen Brohawn for having their projects selected for funding by the Rennie Fund for the Study of Epilepsy!

Molecular & Cell Biology News | April 30, 2020

HWNI & MCB welcome new faculty Yvette Fisher

Yvette Fisher

We are thrilled to announce Yvette Fisher is joining the MCB Neurobiology division and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute as an Assistant Professor, arriving in July 2021!