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Activity Speeds Recovery After Brain Injury in Mice

From the lab of Randy M. Bruno, PhD, Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

Cross section of the barrel cortex (outlined with white dashes) taken from the brain of a mouse (Credit: Y. Kate Hong/Bruno lab/Columbia's Zuckerman Institute)

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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.

The Senses May 24, 2018

Carol Mason Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Academy recognizes decades of work to map complex pathways that connect the eye to the brain; research that could inform treatments of developmental and vision disorders.

The Senses May 1, 2018

How Two Brains Agree on Smells

Columbia researchers develop mathematical model that proposes new and critical role for neurons in the brain’s smell center.

The Senses March 16, 2018

The Nerve Cells That Enable Fruit Flies to Escape Danger

Findings offer clues into comparable survival strategies in people.

Tools & Technology February 16, 2018

The Brain Science of Sound

Nima Mesgarani, PhD, deciphers how the human brain distinguishes and interprets the sounds we hear. Now, he’s being recognized as one of 2018’s top innovators for his achievements.

Growth & Development February 14, 2018

Learning the Language of Love: The Brain Science of Songbirds

By examining birds' courtship rituals, and deciphering how they learn to sing to each other, Sarah Woolley, PhD, is shedding new light on how two brains can connect to become a pair.

Movement January 30, 2018

How the Brain Keeps the Body from Losing its Balance

Columbia University-led study in mice reveals a key mechanism that guides this fundamental aspect of movement.

The Senses November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving: The Brain Science of Taste

For neuroscientists, the secret to a perfect Thanksgiving turkey isn't just the seasoning and stuffing. Instead, taste is in the brain. Please join neuroscientist Charles S. Zuker, PhD, for a flavor of the cutting edge of taste science today.