Neuroscience 2015, and a window into the brain

October 16, 2015

This weekend marks the start of Neuroscience 2015, the annual mega-conference of the Society for Neuroscience. For a deeper look at how some UChicago neuroscientists are working to decipher the brain, ScienceLife presents the second part of a story excerpted from the spring issue of Medicine on the Midway: A window into the brain. [Read More]

Octopus genome sequenced

August 12, 2015

The first whole genome analysis of an octopus has been completed by an international team of scientist led by Clifton Ragsdale, associate professor of neurobiology and organismal biology and anatomy. Their findings reveal the unique genomic features that likely played a role in the evolution of octopus traits such as large complex nervous systems and adaptive camouflage. [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]