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INS Faculty Eyal Seidemann, Bill Geisler and Boris Zemelman receive NIH U01 Cooperative Research Grant

December 8, 2016

Eyal Seidemann, Bill Geisler and Boris Zemelman receive NIH U01 Cooperative Research Grant entitled “An Optical-Genetic Toolbox for Reading and Writing Neural Population Codes in Functional Maps”. 

The goal of this research project will be to develop and optimize an optical-genetic toolbox for reading and writing neural population codes in functional maps of awake, higher mammals.  This will be accomplished by developing a new genetic method that will provide long-term expression of transgenes in primates with cell-type and activity- dependent specificity.  A two-

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INS Grad Students receive SfN Next Generation Award for Brain Matter podcast!

November 9, 2016

INS graduate students Anthony Lacagnina (Drew Lab), Lauren Kreeger (Golding Lab) and Matthew Davis (Zemelman Lab) are receiving the 2016 Next Generation Award from the Society for Neuroscience for creating, producing and hosting "Brain Matters" a podcast about neuroscience and the scientists behind the bench.  

Listen to all the Brain Matters podcast episode for free at http://brainpodcast.com/about

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Neuroscientist Weighs How Realistic Bourne Character's Memory Loss Is

Neuroscientist Weighs How Realistic Bourne Character's Memory Loss Is

July 27, 2016

This week, Matt Damon returns to the big screen as Jason Bourne, a secret agent who has forgotten his entire life and is piecing it back together while confronting political and economic conflicts. We wondered how realistically the series depicts brain science.

The core premise behind the series – which now includes 13 books and 5 movies – is that it's possible for a traumatic event, like being shot, to cause someone to forget everything about their past, yet still retain all their skills and abilities. For example, Bourne still remembers how to fight with martial arts

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