Neuroscience

Decoding the brain

August 6, 2015

Across the University of Chicago neuroscientists are taking advantage of powerful tools to research virtually every aspect of the brain. In the first of a four-part series, Science Life looks at the efforts of Nicho Hatsopolous, PhD, professor of organismal biology and anatomy and chair of the Committee on Computational Neuroscience, as he works to decode the brain. [Read More]

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]
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