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Imaging Apical Dendrites of Layer 5 Corticospinal Neurons Controlling Forelimb Movements

Jami L. Milton | September 21, 2017

Sitting in a movie theater, we eat buttered popcorn from a bag with eyes fixed on the giant screen in front of us. Our hands move from bag to mouth without much…

Imaging Apical Dendrites

Ed Callaway on Mapping Brain Connectivity, Mentorship, and the Dream Experiment

Jami L. Milton | September 20, 2017

About ten years ago a group of neuroscientists led by Professor Ed Callaway realized they would soon be able to label all the presynaptic inputs to an individual neuron…

Ready-to-Image Virus for Neural Circuit Research

Swagata Basu | September 19, 2017

Virus vectors are promising tools for delivering genes to the nervous system and are used for introducing genes which, when expressed, allow for the manipulation and…

Ready-to-Image GCaMP imaging Virus

Must-Read Neural Circuit Papers in August 2017

Jami L. Milton | September 1, 2017

For August, we selected 10 papers that cover the circuit mechanisms involved in a full spectrum of behaviors, including feeding, moving, sleeping, socializing,…

Specific neuronal populations in freely moving mice

Hidden deep in the brain, a map that guides animals' movements

Anne Holden | August 30, 2017

New research has revealed that deep in the brain, in a structure called striatum, all possible movements that an animal can do are represented in a map of neural…

Hidden deep in the brain, a map that guides animals' movements

Carla Shatz on Her Groundbreaking Neuroscience Research and Science Communication

Jami L. Milton | August 23, 2017

Have you ever asked yourself, “I have two eyes, so why don’t I see double all the time?” The answer is nothing short of a miracle. Our brains somehow wire up in a…

Distinct Neural Circuits Mediate Memory Recall and Retrieval

Anne Trafton | August 17, 2017

When we have a new experience, the memory of that event is stored in a neural circuit that connects several parts of the hippocampus and other brain structures. Each…

Must-Read Neural Circuit Papers in July 2017

Jami L. Milton | August 1, 2017

The summer is nearing the end (unbelievably!), and we have a new list of neural circuit papers published in July. What is the criteria for the papers that make this list…

The Loss of a Neuroscience Giant: Howard Eichenbaum

Jami L. Milton | July 24, 2017

We are saddened by the passing of a titan in neuroscience, Professor Howard Eichenbaum (read BU obituary here). Howard was a kind and courageous scientist who had a…

Your Next Career Move: Academia vs Industry?

Jami L. Milton | July 18, 2017

Most of us who have pursued a career in academia realized at some point along the way that we wanted to explore alternative job opportunities. Perhaps it was because we…

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