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June 23, 2014

Rett syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes mental retardation, autism, and physical deformities, has no cure. However, a small clinical trial has found that a growth factor known as IGF1 can help treat some sy... more

June 17, 2014

At Novartis’s research lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a large incubator-like piece of equipment is helping give birth to a new era of psychiatric drug discovery. Inside it, bathed in soft light, lab plates hold livin... more

June 12, 2014

The human mind can rapidly absorb and analyze new information as it flits from thought to thought. These quickly changing brain states may be encoded by synchronization of brain waves across different brain regions, acco... more

April 25, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. --Mice running mazes sometimes go left when they should go right. MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory researchers report in the April 24 online version of Cell that a... more

April 18, 2014

Kwanghun Chung, an assistant professor of chemical engineering and member of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) and the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, has been awarded a 2014 Searle Scho... more

April 10, 2014
Researchers found that the overproduction of the protein known as p25 may be the culprit behind the sticky protein-fragment clusters that build up in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.
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March 29, 2014

“We rely on spatial-temporal sequence learning for everything we do,” says Bear, the Picower Professor of Neuroscience at MIT, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, and the senior author of the study, which... more

March 19, 2014

“This is an extremely important study,” said Li-Huei Tsai, director of the Picower institute for Learning and Memory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who was not involved in the research but wrote a comm... more

February 19, 2014

Three neuroscientists, three chemists, two mathematicians, and an ocean scientist from MIT are among the 126 American and Canadian researchers awarded 2014 Sloan Research Fellowships, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation annou... more

February 01, 2014

Researchers at the RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics and MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have discovered a new brain circuit that shapes memory formation by endowing neurons with the ability to... more