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Dr. John Ngai, incoming director of the NIH BRAIN Initiative.
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January 29, 2020

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., announced today the selection of John J. Ngai, Ph.D., as director of the NIH’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. Dr. Ngai is expected to join NIH in March.

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May 4, 2020

Using a specialized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sensor, MIT neuroscientists have discovered how dopamine released deep within the brain influences both nearby and distant brain regions.

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May 4, 2020

A rising number of light-sensitive proteins and optogenetics are enabling precise imaging of brain cells, as well as the potential to adapt functioning in neural networks.

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May 4, 2020

A new microscope technology that allows real-time imaging of brain cell activity could have important applications in understanding the biology of the brain, and of brain diseases such as Parkinson's.

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April 23, 2020

New functional imaging technology dynamically maps a signal’s source and underlying networks within the brain.

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April 21, 2020

In times like these, technology seems to be helping us maintain our wellbeing, despite social isolation. Beyond personal use, how is it being applied to improve the state of mental health today?

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April 20, 2020

When people suffer debilitating injuries or illnesses of the nervous system, they sometimes lose the ability to perform tasks normally taken for granted, such as walking, playing music or driving a car. They can imagine doing something, but the injury might block th

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April 14, 2020

The first sign of trouble for a patient with a growing brain tumor is often a seizure. Such seizures have long been considered a side effect of the tumor.

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April 13, 2020

NINDS Press Release: Scientists find responses to mixed odors are more complex than previously thought.

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April 10, 2020

Using magnetic nanoparticles, scientists stimulate the adrenal gland in rodents to control release of hormones linked to stress.

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April 8, 2020

Next-generation brain implants with more than a thousand electrodes can survive for more than six years

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March 24, 2020

DIBS research funding provides 7-to-1 return on investment.

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March 13, 2020

Speaking to a packed University of Alabama at Birmingham audience March 6, Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health, shared his picks of 10 “areas of particular excitement and promise” in biomedical research.

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March 9, 2020

On March 11th, LabRoots will be hosting approximately 15,000 neuroscience researchers, clinicians, and scientists from around the globe who are dedicated to understanding the brain and nervous system.

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March 4, 2020

In a major advance in mind-controlled prosthetics for amputees, University of Michigan researchers have tapped faint, latent signals from arm nerves and amplified them to enable real-time, intuitive, finger-level control of a robotic hand.

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March 3, 2020

Study finds human von Economa neurons' closest cellular cousins and captures first electrical recordings from these large spindle-shaped brain cells.

February 14, 2020

2019 was an exciting year for neuroscience discovery! Last month, several high-profile scientific magazines, journals, and mainstream news outlets featured articles looking back at the top scientific achievements of 2019.

  John Ngai. Photo Credit: Brittany Hosea-Small/University of California, Berkeley
February 4, 2020

Since its launch in 2013, the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative has doled out about $1.3 billion in grants to develop tools that map and manipulate the brain. Until now, it has operated with no formal director.

Cells in a cerebral organoid differentiate and form structures related to those seen in embryonic tissues, as seen in this micrograph. The green cells are the progenitors of neurons; the red cells are immature neurons migrating to form a cortical layer. As the similarities between organoids and brains increase, researchers need to pay close attention to the potential for ethical issues. Photograph: Alysson Muotri
January 26, 2020

NIH BRAIN Initiative-funded "Brainstorm Project" is highlighted in Wired's article that discusses how ethicists and biologists seek to head off challenges raised by tissue “organoids” as they become increasingly similar to human brains.

January 23, 2020

Today, the American Brain Foundation (ABF) announced that NIH BRAIN Initiative Multi-Council Working Group member, Dr. Frances Jensen, has joined its board of directors.