Neuroscience News


New Method for Studying Gene Expression Could Improve Understanding of Brain Disease

The scientists show that the genes expressed by a particular cell type can vary across species, and between individuals.​​


Mosquito Genome Opens New Avenues for Reducing Bug-Borne Disease

A recent multi-institutional study, led by Rockefeller scientists, has produced a new blueprint of the Aedes aegypti genome.​


Brain Signature of Depressed Mood Unveiled in New Study

Direct recordings of human brain activity link memory, emotion and anxiety during bouts of low mood.


Scientists Record Posture-Coding Neurons in the Cortex

Researchers at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience may have just uncovered key aspects of how the brain controls posture.​


How to Reverse Memory Loss in Old Mice

Columbia scientists reveal new details of how a naturally occurring hormone can boost memory in aging mice, laying the groundwork for staving off this form of memory loss in people.


Election Day: The Brain Science of Making Decisions

Featuring Zuckerman Institute Principal Investigator Michael Shadlen, MD, PhD​


Brain Cells Called Astrocytes Have Unexpected Role in Brain “Plasticity”

Salk researchers show protein made by astrocytes enables the brain’s maturation and regulates its flexibility.​


Octopuses Given Mood Drug ‘Ecstasy’ Reveal Genetic Link to Evolution of Social Behaviors in Humans

Scientists say they have found preliminary evidence of an evolutionary link between the social behaviors of octopuses and humans.​


Study of Protein “trafficker” Provides Insight into Autism and Other Brain Disorders

ASTN2 helps move proteins away from the membrane in a timely fashion.​


How the Brain Bounces Back: Mouse Study Reveals that Activity, not Rest, Speeds Recovery After Brain Injury

Columbia research finds unexpected resilience in the brain; findings could inform future treatment approaches for patients recuperating from stroke or other brain trauma.