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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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September 15, 2020

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) scientists have discovered neurons in the mouse brain that help an animal learn to avoid negative experiences. The cells reside in a part of the brain involved in regulating the motivations that influence behavior.

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September 14, 2020

Immune cells play an unexpected role in fine-tuning the brain’s neural circuits, according to research published in September, 2020 in Neuron.

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September 14, 2020

Most of us will be familiar with the sort of stress that leads to sleepless nights.

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September 10, 2020

Rewarded for neural study of parenting behavior that reoriented field

Anatomy of retinal layers as described by Ramón y Cajal, Spanish neuroscientist pioneer in the investigation of the structure of the nervous system.
June 23, 2020

BRAIN investigators test drive tools on the eye to understand neural cell types, circuitry

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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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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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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 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.

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October 18, 2019

Scientists have been developing astounding new tools for exploring neural circuits that underlie brain function throughout the first five years of the NIH’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative.

October 8, 2019

The NIH-led Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative is revolutionizing our understanding of how the brain works through its creation of new imaging tools.

August 26, 2019

A new study from the Allen Institute for Brain Science has written the most detailed “parts list” of the human brain to date.

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July 3, 2019

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May 3, 2019

Did you miss out on the annual BRAIN Initiative Investigators meeting last month? Catch up here!