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The Senses March 7, 2019

High-Speed, 3D Microscope Captures Nerve Cells in Action

Columbia team harnesses powerful high-speed, 3D SCAPE microscope to uncover never-before-seen details of the fruit fly nervous system, demonstrating SCAPE’s broad potential to decipher the brain.

Learning & Memory February 19, 2019

An Unexpected Place for Learning, Memory in the Brain

Columbia research demonstrates that the brain’s primitive sensory region also participates in sophisticated learning.

Tools & Technology February 11, 2019

Seeing Inside the Brain

On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we hope that girls around the world will be inspired by the work of Elizabeth Hillman, PhD, and carve their own paths into science and engineering.

Computation January 29, 2019

Columbia Engineers Translate Brain Signals into Speech

Advance marks critical step toward brain-computer interfaces that hold immense promise for those with limited or no ability to speak.

The Senses January 9, 2019

Genes on the Move Help Nose Make Sense of Scents

Armed with advanced genomic tools, Columbia scientists have uncovered an ingenious mechanism that underlies the brain’s ability to distinguish different smells.

The Senses December 30, 2018

A New Party Trick: A Hearing Aid That Reads Minds

Nima Mesgarani, PhD, is studying how your brain picks out individual voices from a crowd — and using this knowledge to build a better hearing aid that reads your mind.

Computation November 2, 2018

Columbia-led Team Receives $16.75M from the BRAIN Initiative

Award unites different fields of brain research to foster an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to deciphering the brain.

The Senses September 17, 2018

Activity Speeds Recovery After Brain Injury in Mice

Columbia research in mice finds unexpected resilience in the brain; findings could inform future treatment approaches for patients recuperating from stroke or other brain trauma.

The Senses July 11, 2018

New Study Reveals Brain Mechanisms for Distinguishing Self from Other

Columbia research identifies neural-circuit activity in electric fish that could explain how humans subtract out signals generated by our own bodies; could inform studies of sensory disorders such as tinnitus.

The Senses May 30, 2018

Scientists Switch Off Pleasure from Food in Brains of Mice

Columbia study shows that altering activity in brain’s emotion center can eliminate the natural craving for sweet; findings could inform treatments for eating disorders.