A 3 by 2 array of panels shows a top row of brain tissue squares in which black streaks are very clear. In the bottom row the streaks are less clear.
November 16, 2022
Alzheimer’s risk gene undermines insulation of brain’s “wiring”
On a stage with plants and a blue background with a podium labeled Neuroscience 2022, Emery Brown receives a handshake from a woman after accepting a neuroscience prize
November 14, 2022
Analyzing brain waves demystifies general anesthesia
A painted turtle with dark skin and shell with bright yellow stripes resting on a log crests its neck upward
November 7, 2022
Are covid ‘comas’ signs of a protective hibernation state?
On a black background in the curvy M-like shape of a mouse brain cross section, many patches of tiny teal and purple dots appear
September 28, 2022
With fractured genomes, Alzheimer’s neurons call for help
In the spacious, white atrium of MIT Building 46 several young men smile as they stand around MIT's Tim the Beaver mascot. Tim wears a white lab coat and has his hands out at his sides in a joyous gesture.
September 28, 2022
Celebrating 20 years of discovery, Picower Institute looks ahead to continuing impact

Research offers insights into mechanisms underlying bipolar mania, sleep homeostasis

November 23, 2022
Recent Events
At a press conference at Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, young Picower scientist Takato Honda presented findings of key neurons involved in the neuropsychiatric disorder and sleep homeostasis

Alzheimer’s risk gene undermines insulation of brain’s “wiring”

November 16, 2022
Research Findings
In people carrying the APOE4 risk variant, a key brain cell type mismanages cholesterol needed to insulate neurons properly—another sign that APOE4 contributes to disease by disrupting lipids in the brain

Analyzing brain waves demystifies general anesthesia

November 14, 2022
Recent Events
At Neuroscience 2022, Emery N. Brown relayed how statistical analysis of brain rhythms in patients and animals under anesthetics has revealed important information about how the drugs work.

Are covid ‘comas’ signs of a protective hibernation state?

November 7, 2022
Research Findings
Scientists hypothesize that, as in a hibernating turtle, the brain under sedation and deprived of oxygen may assume a protective state

Bear elected member of National Academy of Medicine

October 17, 2022
Picower People
Academy recognizes Mark Bear’s influential fundamental research on how experience shapes the brain and its relevance to neurodevelopmental diseases.

Building a bridge between neuroscience and immunology

October 14, 2022
Picower People
Gloria Choi’s studies of how the immune system and nervous system influence each other could yield new approaches to treating neurological disorders.

Symposium examines intersecting biology of neurodegeneration, Down syndrome

October 11, 2022
Recent Events
Cross-cutting examples of disease pathology, cellular breakdowns highlight joint conference of MIT’s Aging Brain Initiative and Alana Down Syndrome Center

To the clinic!

October 4, 2022
Research Feature
When fundamental research yields discoveries with medical potential, Picower Institute professors find ways to test whether they’ll help patients.

A “golden era” to study the brain

October 4, 2022
Picower People
“We can’t think of the brain only as neurons,” says PhD student Mitch Murdock, who explores the cellular basis of Alzheimer’s disease

With fractured genomes, Alzheimer’s neurons call for help

September 28, 2022
Research Findings
Study indicates that ailing neurons may instigate an inflammatory response from the brain’s microglia immune cells

Celebrating 20 years of discovery, Picower Institute looks ahead to continuing impact

September 28, 2022
Recent Events
At an exhibition marking two decades since a transformative gift from The Picower Foundation, current and alumni members described research at the forefront of neuroscience and beyond

Simple animal model reveals how environment and state are integrated to control behavior

September 6, 2022
Research Findings
A new study shows how stimuli and states such as smells, stressors and satiety converge in an olfactory neuron to guide food-seeking behavior