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Learning & Memory

An Unexpected Place for Learning, Memory in the Brain

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

Apical dendrites extending from neurons (green) into layer 1 of the somatosensory cortex (Credit: Bruno lab/Columbia's Zuckerman Institute).

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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.

Learning & Memory January 31, 2019

Pinpointing the Cells That Control the Brain’s Memory Flow

Columbia-led discovery in mice aids efforts to map the circuitry of the brain’s learning center; stands to inform studies of psychiatric disorders in which this circuitry goes awry.

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 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.

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.

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.

Disease October 24, 2018

How Columbia University is Untangling Alzheimer's Disease

Meet the scientists leveraging technological advances to reveal aspects of the disease long hidden from view.

Disease October 10, 2018

Columbia Scientist Awarded $7.8M to Identify New Targets Against Brain Disease

By determining the molecular signatures of Alzheimer’s, CTE and other conditions, Anthony Fitzpatrick and his research team to pave way for treatments that target hallmarks of neurodegenerative disease.

Computation April 5, 2018

Columbia Scientists Build Better Way to Decode the Genome

New computer algorithm deciphers DNA’s most well-kept secrets; may help find the links between genes and disease.

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.