Neuroscience

Brain Teasers: Cracking the mind’s toughest riddles [video]

May 1, 2015

How can we instill robotic arms with a sense of touch? What causes us to choke under pressure? How can a misfolded protein cause so much harm to our brains? And is empathy something shared across species, not just humans? Speaking to a packed crowd at the Logan Center on April 1st, neuroscientists from the University of Chicago discussed these questions and more in a series of TED-style talks. [Read More]

Stephanie Palmer: A (real) theoretical neuroscientist

April 9, 2015

As a chemical physics major in college and Rhodes Scholar in theoretical physics at Oxford, Stephanie Palmer, PhD, didn’t exactly seem destined for a career in neuroscience. But Palmer now works understand how brains recognize and predict things about the world around us. If that weren't enough, she also runs neuroscience student workshops (and yes, that is a dissected cockroach leg dancing to Uptown Funk) [Read More]

Optogenetics without the genetics

March 12, 2015

Optogenetics, a technique which enables scientists to control the activity of neurons with light, has revolutionaized the field of neuroscience. However, it relies on genetic engineering, which limits its use. A new study demonstrates a potential solution to this problem: gold nanoparticles. [Read More]

A snapshot of neural activity

February 16, 2015

A new study authored by Ben Fosque, first year graduate student in biochemistry and molecular biology, describes how he and his mentors engineered a new fluorescent protein, activated by a flash of violet light, that permanently marks neurons that fire -- a literal snapshot of neural activity. [Read More]

Low-frequency deep brain stimulation improves difficult-to-treat Parkinson’s symptoms

January 27, 2015

University of Chicago Medicine doctors, led by Tao Xie, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurology, have shown that Parkinson’s disease patients who are treated with low-frequency deep brain stimulation show significant improvements in swallowing dysfunction and freezing of gait over typical high-frequency treatment. The study provides a new route for treating these difficult-to-treat and sometimes life-threatening symptoms. [Read More]
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