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What the Discovery of an Elusive Protein Means for Science and Medicine

From the lab of Franck Polleux, PhD, Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

Reconstruction of mitochondrial-ER contact points in a cell (Credit: Yusuke Hirabayashi/Polleux Lab/Columbia's Zuckerman Institute).

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Movement October 20, 2017

BRAIN Initiative Awards $25.1M to Zuckerman Institute Scientists

Series of awards unites experts from different fields and universities; bolsters innovative, team approach to deciphering the complexities of the brain.

The Senses August 31, 2017

How Does Rafael Nadal Keep His Eye on the Ball? The Neuroscience of Vision

In celebration of the 2017 US Open, Columbia's Zuckerman Institute presents a piece that explores the minds behind the talents. Join us for a tour led by neuroscientist Rudy Behnia, PhD, an expert in vision at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute.

Movement August 30, 2017

Hidden Deep in the Brain, a Map That Guides Animals’ Movements

What if you could look deep into the brain and watch the activity of hundreds of neurons in a moving animal? Now, with miniature mobile microscopes, this is possible in mice and has enabled scientists to uncover a map that is used by the brain to guide our movements.

Movement July 20, 2017

How Patterns of Brain Activity Direct Specific Body Movements

Study in mice answers long-standing scientific question about the brain’s ability to drive movement

Learning & Memory June 27, 2017

Learning, Memory and Movement: Revealing Connections Behind the Brain’s Talents

Whether it’s hitting a homerun or a tickling the ivories, neuroscientist Rui Costa, PhD, investigates how we learn skilled movement — and what happens in the brain when that ability is disrupted.

Movement February 23, 2017

Mastering New Movements

In his research, Rui Costa asks: How does the brain discover and refine new behaviors?

Evolution February 9, 2017

Pinpointing the Genes Behind Fine Motor Skills

Researchers have found a genetic signature located exclusively in the nerve cells that supply, or innervate, the muscles of an organism’s outermost extremities: the hands and feet.

Movement November 17, 2016

Thomas M. Jessell Wins Top Prize from the Society for Neuroscience

The Society for Neuroscience honored Thomas M. Jessell, PhD, with its highest award, reserved for scientists whose outstanding research has advanced the entire field.