New Technologies

Optogenetics was developed by Scientific Council Member Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., with the support of a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant in 2005. The new technology uses light to make neurons fire one at a time, giving researchers extraordinary control over specific brain circuits in living animals. Now in use at over 1,000 laboratories, the new method is enabling identification of the mechanisms that give rise to depression, anxiety, PTSD and other brain and behavior disorders.
Optogenetics
November 19, 2012
Scientists are currently able to make neurons and other brain cells from stem cells, but getting these neurons to properly function when transplanted to the...
Nicole Calakos, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Neurology and Neurobiology, Center for Translational Neuroscience, Duke University Medical Center
Nicole Calakos, M.D., Ph.D.
October 23, 2012
Optogenetics, a new technology invented by Scientific Council Member Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., with the help of a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant in 2005,...
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., of Stanford University, expert on Optogenetics and Depression
Dr. Karl Deisseroth
September 06, 2012
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., of Stanford University used his NARSAD Young Investigator Grant to help invent optogenetics. On September 7th, he and three other...
NARSAD Grantee Hongjun Song, Ph.D., professor of neurology and director of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Institute for Cell Engineering
Hongjun Song, Ph.D.
August 09, 2012
In recent studies on mice, researchers at Johns Hopkins Institute for Cell Engineering discovered how stem cells "eavesdrop" on communications between neurons...
Zhiping Pang, Ph.D., Robert Wood Johnson Medical School University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Zhiping Pang, Ph.D.
August 07, 2012
Zhiping Pang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology at UMDNJ-RWJMS-Child Health Institute of New Jersey won the 2012 Freedman Prize on...

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