A thicket of blue vine like dendrites accented in red sprawls across a black background
October 18, 2021
Symposium spotlights crucial roles of dendrites
A blue and green hued illustration shows a brain drawn with white lines and a double helix extending to the right from its back. Ones and zeroes float through the image.
October 5, 2021
NIH award funds innovative investigation of neurodegenerative motor diseases
On a green background a white bottle of pills is overturned. Small round white pills have spilled out.
September 29, 2021
Study shows fragile X treatment can incur resistance, suggests ways around it
Within a head seen in profile view is a tangle of colorful circuit wires.
September 20, 2021
'What Were you Thinking?'
A closeup of an eye overlaid with white dots connected by thin lines and an image over the pupil of a brain
September 8, 2021
Behind the scenes, brain circuit ensures vision remains reliable

Symposium spotlights crucial roles of dendrites

October 18, 2021
Recent Events
Scholars from around the world gathered online to share new research on how intricately structured neural processes enable plasticity of circuit connections and help integrate incoming information to enable brain function

NIH award funds innovative investigation of neurodegenerative motor diseases

October 5, 2021
New Research
Large-scale, integrated application of advanced computational, biological techniques aims to discover mechanisms underlying ALS and frontotemporal lobar degeneration with motor neuron disease

Study shows fragile X treatment can incur resistance, suggests ways around it

September 29, 2021
Research Findings
While the brain acquires resistance to continuous treatment with mGluR5 inhibitor drugs, lasting effects may still arise if dosing occurs intermittently and during a developmental critical period

'What Were you Thinking?'

September 20, 2021
Research Feature
How brain circuits integrate many sources of context to flexibly guide behavior

From Brazil to Fenway Park, researcher strives to save lives with science

September 10, 2021
Picower People
As a researcher studying Huntington’s disease, and as a science communicator working tirelessly to keep Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking communities informed about Covid-19, Izabella Pena is focused on keeping people safe.

Behind the scenes, brain circuit ensures vision remains reliable

September 8, 2021
As mice watched movies, scientists watched their brains to see how vision could be represented reliably. The answer is that consistency in representation is governed by a circuit of inhibitory neurons

Statistical model defines ketamine anesthesia’s effects on the brain

September 3, 2021
Research Findings
Neuroscientists at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a statistical framework that rigorously describes the brain state changes that patients experience under ketamine-induced anesthesia.

Novel approach reverses amblyopia in animals

September 1, 2021
Research Findings
By temporarily suspending retinal activity in the non-amblyopic eye of animal models, neuroscientists restrengthened the visual response in the amblyopic eye, even at ages after the critical period when patch therapy fails

Summer students thrive in Picower labs

August 11, 2021
Picower People
Undergraduates from colleges across the country gain scientific training, mentorship and experience as participants in the MIT Summer Research Program

Brain’s ‘memory center’ needed to recognize image sequences but not single sights

July 26, 2021
Research Findings
The visual cortex stores and remembers individual images, but when they are grouped into a sequence, mice can’t recognize that without guidance from the hippocampus

Grant to help scientists test whether brain region is a key locus of learning

July 23, 2021
New Research
Long thought of as a generic alarm system, the locus coeruleus may actually be a sophisticated regulator of learning and behavior, an MIT team posits

Memory making involves extensive DNA breaking

July 6, 2021
Research Findings
To quickly express genes needed for learning and memory, brain cells snap both strands of DNA in many more places and cell types than previously realized, a new study shows