Brain Matters

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...
Larry R. Squire, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Neurosciences and Psychology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Research and a Career Scientist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Diego. Expert on memory and the brain
Larry R. Squire, Ph.D.
November 16, 2012
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation celebrated 25 years of Empowering Research for Productive Lives and honored eight extraordinary scientists at its...
Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., Two-time NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee and neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, expert on anxiety
Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D.
November 14, 2012
Two-time NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee, Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., helped lead a study showing a causal relationship between stress experienced in...
Gavin Rumbaugh Ph.D., NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee and assistant professor at the Scripps Research Institute, Expert on Autism
Gavin Rumbaugh Ph.D.
November 12, 2012
Gavin Rumbaugh Ph.D., NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee and assistant professor at the Scripps Research Institute, led new research finding that mutations in a...
Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, a board certified psychiatrist, host of the public television series, Healthy Minds and Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News
November 09, 2012
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., a board certified psychiatrist, host of the public television series, Healthy Minds and Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, has been...

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