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Evolution September 19, 2016

This Gene May Underpin Our Brain’s Extraordinary Abilities

Scientists at Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute have shed light on how a single change to our genome had a significant impact on the evolution of the human brain

The Senses September 6, 2016

Columbia’s Carol Mason Wins Vision Award for Studies of How Visual Circuits Develop

Prize recognizes decades of work that explores how the eyes connect to the brain and lays the groundwork for new ways to treat vision damage.

The Senses July 25, 2016

Seeing with Both Sides of the Brain

In her research, Carol Mason asks: How do nerve cells in the eye know where to go in the brain?

Tools & Technology June 21, 2016

How are Adult and Newborn Mouse Brains Different?

Findings reveal mismatch between neuronal activity and blood flow in the brains of newborn mice, shedding new light on how the growing brain feeds itself

Franck Polleux Wins Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Neuroscience

Award recognizes Dr. Polleux’s groundbreaking research to map the brain’s wiring, lending insight into human cognition and our susceptibility to disease.

Charting the Growth of Brain Cells’ Branches

In his research, Wesley Grueber asks: How do cells know how and where to spread their tendrils?

Disease February 18, 2016

Scientists Eliminate Core Symptom of Schizophrenia in Mice

Team uses chemical compound to restore affected brain regions; findings could lead to new treatment strategies.

Growth & Development February 16, 2016

The Symphony of Signals that Guide Brain Development

Minoree Kohwi is mapping how cells mature into a healthy, thriving brain — painstaking work that could one day lead to effective treatments for brain disease and injury.

Learning & Memory October 28, 2015

What Songbirds Can Teach Us About Human Speech and Language

Sarah Woolley is decoding how the brain interprets sound — and what happens during development when those sounds are disrupted.

Evolution October 22, 2015

How the Human Brain Evolved — and Why it Matters

Franck Polleux is tracing the origins of our extraordinary capacity for complex thinking.

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