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Pinpointing How Cells Regulate Long-lasting Memories

From the lab of Eric R. Kandel, MD, Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

CPEB3 (green) localizing to a neuron's dendrites after stimulation (Credit: Lenzie Ford and Luana Fioriti/Kandel lab/Columbia's Zuckerman Institute).

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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 January 7, 2016

Cellular ‘Switch’ Helps Brain Distinguish Safety from Danger, New Study Finds

Study also reveals what can happen when that circuitry is disrupted — and may offer new insight into the treatment of conditions such as posttraumatic stress, panic and anxiety disorders.

Disease January 6, 2016

Brain Cell Loss Linked to Schizophrenia

Deterioration of tiny brain region offers clues to onset of psychiatric disorder.

Learning & Memory November 23, 2015

Scientists at Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute Selected as AAAS Fellows

Two Zuckerman Institute Principal Investigators are among five Columbia University faculty named as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The Senses November 18, 2015

Scientists Turn Tastes On and Off by Activating and Silencing Brain Cells

New study proves that sense of taste is hardwired in the brain, independent of learning or experience

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.

Disease October 12, 2015

Anorexia Nervosa Linked to Brain Activity Differences

Findings open up new avenues for future treatment.

The Senses October 1, 2015

Studying Smell to Understand the Brain

At the Zuckerman Institute, Stavros Lomvardas is exploring how people make sense of the millions of scents they encounter every day.