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Cortical pyramidal neurons in culture imaged once a day for six consecutive days. Compared to the control neuron (left), a Wnk1-deleted neuron (right) has sparse branching and an axon that disintegrates over time. (Credit: Daniel Virga / Polleux lab / Columbia's Zuckerman Institute)

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Growth & Development August 11, 2021

Scientists Identify Specific Gene Tied to Growth and Health of Brain Cells in Flies and Mice

Wnk gene offers new insights into how axons elaborate and maintain their complex morphology, with implications for neural degeneration and repair

Growth & Development April 20, 2020

Early Exposure to Cannabis Boosts Young Brains’ Sensitivity to Cocaine

Columbia-led research in rats uncovers unexpected interplay between the two drugs; sheds new light on the neurobiology of drug use in adolescence.

Disease February 19, 2020

Curious Minds: Can You Inherit Stress on Your DNA?

Do the experiences of your father leave a mark on your genes? Can trauma be passed down from generation to generation?

Learning & Memory November 21, 2019

Curious Minds: How Do Birds Change Their Tune?

Postdoctoral research scientist Jordan Moore, PhD, discovered a part of the brain critical for learning songs: a step toward understanding how human beings learn language when young.

The Senses November 18, 2019

Inside the Jazz Lab with Helen Sung, Jazz Artist-in-Residence

Award-winning pianist completes a year-long residency at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute with a debut of original compositions inspired by brain science.

Tools & Technology September 27, 2019

High-Speed Microscope Illuminates Biology at the Speed of Life

New SCAPE 2.0 system can serve as a critical tool to advance science and medicine.

Growth & Development August 29, 2019

A Biological ‘Rosetta Stone’ to Decipher How the Body is Built

International study reveals promising method for decoding the underlying genetic mechanisms that guide growth and development.

News May 15, 2019

Mind Brain Behavior Symposium is a Meeting of Minds

Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute hosts gathering of leading neuroscientists from across the country

Growth & Development November 27, 2018

Tiny Mitochondria Stimulate Brain Cell Connections

Once thought to be a biological oddity, these cellular components’ strange shape may actually indicate a potential new role for mitochondria in the brain.

Growth & Development August 27, 2018

How Do Fruit Flies Grow Legs? Solving a Molecular Mystery

Columbia study helps settle long-standing scientific debate about how embryos develop, offers clues for diseases like cancer, in which normal development patterns go awry.

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