Neuroscience News


Arthur Horwich Receives Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award

Arthur Horwich, Sterling Professor of Genetics & Pediatrics, received the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award from the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation for his work on the process of protein folding, or formation.


Study Finds Neuronal Basis of Age-Related Cognitive Decline in Prefrontal Cortical Networks

Researchers performed the first recordings of prefrontal cortical (PFC) neurons from aged monkeys performing a spatial working memory task. They found a marked, age-related reduction in the persistent network firing that is essential for working memory, the building block of higher cognition.


Yale Researchers Show How Memory Is Lost — and Found

A new study published July 27 in the journal Nature shows that the neural networks in the brains of the middle-aged and elderly have weaker connections and fire less robustly than in youthful ones. Intriguingly, note the scientists, the research suggests that this condition is reversible.


Your Brain on Androids

Feel uneasy with an anthropomorphic robot, playing a video game or watching an animated movie, where the human characters are realistic but not quite right? If yes, then you’ve probably visited what’s called the “uncanny valley.”


Center for Communicating Science Holds First Conference

University faculty and administrators from 20 states gathered at Stony Brook in June for an innovative, four-day conference dedicated to improving the way scientists communicate with the public.


President Obama Meets U.S. Laureates of 2010 Kavli Prizes

At the White House, President Barack Obama met the seven U.S. recipients of the 2010 Kavli Prizes to recognize and honor their seminal contributions to the three fields for which the Prizes are awarded -- astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.


Monkeys Can Play Monday Morning Quarterback Too

A new study shows monkeys can visualize alternative, hypothetical outcomes, and pinpoint areas of the brain where this process takes place and may give scientists new clues into how to treat diseases such as depression and schizophrenia.


Goldberg, McEuen, Shraiman, Xie Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Members of four Kavli Insttutes have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences: Paul McEuen, Director, KIC; Boris Shraiman, permanent member, KITP; Michael Goldberg, member, KIBS; and X. Sunney Xie, participant in the KIBST.


Edvard and May-Britt Moser Receive Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine
Edvard and May-Britt Moser received the 2011 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine for their pioneering work with grid cells in the brain.


Society for Neuroscience Awarded $1.53 Million to Create ""

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) has been awarded $1.53 million in funding over six years to create and maintain, a unique nonprofit online source for authoritative public information about the progress and promise of brain research.