A photo illustration shows the separate boxy plastic parts, either black or white, that house a white 3D printed microfluidic chip
April 7, 2021
Tiny brains grown in 3D-printed bioreactor
A hand with motion blur around it to suggest it's waving is surrounded by large spiky virus particles
March 31, 2021
Mice naturally engage in physical distancing, study finds
With a house blueprint background a cartoon shows two frames: a few lines and circles arranged over a horizontal bar and then a larger array of lines over the bar with the overall appearance of an erupting fountain or a sprouting plant
March 16, 2021
Study of synapse strength focuses on ‘active zones’
A sprawling, spidery green astrocyte sits next to a long bluish stripe
March 4, 2021
Neural networks need more than neurons, new project posits
A medicine jar with a white label that says "choline" sits on a table
March 3, 2021
Study offers an explanation for why the APOE4 gene enhances Alzheimer’s risk

Tiny brains grown in 3D-printed bioreactor

April 7, 2021
Research Findings
Small device contains wells to let small bits of tissue grow, develop, and be studied in real time

Mice naturally engage in physical distancing, study finds

March 31, 2021
Research Findings
MIT neuroscientists have identified a brain circuit that stops mice from mating with others that appear to be sick

Study of synapse strength focuses on ‘active zones’

March 16, 2021
New Research
With new NIH grant, team will learn how neurons build key sites that release neurotransmitters a lot, or a little, to drive nervous system communication

Bigger than a Building

March 10, 2021
Picower People
Our first ever census of alumni and former research staff shows a thriving community that spans the globe and many different roles

Neural networks need more than neurons, new project posits

March 4, 2021
New Research
With a new grant from the U.S. Army, a team of scientists will seek to enhance artificial intelligence by integrating brain cells called astrocytes

Study offers an explanation for why the APOE4 gene enhances Alzheimer’s risk

March 3, 2021
Research Findings
The gene variant disrupts lipid metabolism, but in cell experiments the effects were reversed by choline supplements

Basic cell health systems wear down in Huntington’s disease, novel analysis shows

February 23, 2021
Research Findings
A new computational approach for analyzing complex datasets shows that as disease progresses, neurons and astrocytes lose the ability to maintain homeostasis

Steven Flavell earns Sloan Research Fellowship

February 16, 2021
Picower People
Award supports fundamental research on how the brain generates internal states that guide animal behavior

As you look around, mental images bounce between right and left brain

February 8, 2021
Research Findings
New study explains how the brain helps us remember what we’ve seen, even as it shifts around in our visual system

Picower Institute joins international declaration on equity and inclusion in brain science

January 12, 2021
Picower People
The ALBA Declaration outlines steps to overcome two sets of factors that contribute to a lack of equity: implicit bias and workplace culture

Neuroscientists identify brain circuit that encodes timing of events

January 11, 2021
Research Findings
Findings suggest this hippocampal circuit helps us to maintain our timeline of memories.

Scientists seek insight into Parkinson’s, addiction by tracking gene expression in the brain

January 4, 2021
New Research
Two MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences faculty members earn funding from the G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Foundation