BRAIN Blog

In years past, attending the annual late-fall meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) was a busy and at times tedious ritual. Months after submitting abstracts comes the frenzied work of putting together posters and slides and leaving our homes and labs for several days.
December 22, 2022

In my daily discussions with the BRAIN community, I hear the tension between small and big science: a proxy argument for exploring biology versus building tools. Individual labs do creative biology, so why fund large teams that churn out lots of data but aren’t testing hypotheses?…

October 27, 2022

The NIH BRAIN Initiative announces awards for two-large scale projects that aim to transform neuroscience research and enhance our understanding of the human brain.  

September 22, 2022

In June, we hosted the 8th Annual BRAIN Initiative Meeting. I relish this yearly event as an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the incredible progress from this foundational…

August 09, 2022

The Neuro Technology Center (NTC) at Columbia University and the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) are co-hosting an interdisciplinary symposium to explore the intersection of nanoscience and neuroscience on July 21, 2022.  

July 15, 2022

Last week marked my second anniversary as BRAIN Director, an amazing opportunity and challenge for which I am deeply grateful. Over the past two years, I’ve strived to maintain perspective about all that we do, and to be guided by others’ views and critiques.

June 02, 2022

SPIE journal Neurophotonics has published the first of two extensive status reports on tools for brain science.

May 12, 2022

Post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Justin O’Hare, and colleagues publish landmark paper in Science, finding for the first time that intracellular calcium release plays a key role in how the brain adapts to new environments. 

May 05, 2022

Imagine looking up on a clear night and instead of seeing the giant celestial smear that is the Milky Way, visualizing every individual star as a crystal-clear sparkle of light.

April 05, 2022