IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop Brings Together Experts from Interdisciplinary Areas

By Cynthia Weber – 25 January 2018


Wherein lies the promise versus the hype, when discussing the latest in brain-related research and neurotechnology? Have we considered patient justice? Is actionable data actually available? These are just a few of the big picture questions raised at the IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop on Advanced NeuroTechnologies for BRAIN Initiatives (ANTBI) held November 2017 in Washington D.C. Workshop chair Metin Akay of the University of Houston and IEEE Brain Initiative Chair Paul Sajda from Columbia University welcomed participants to join the conversation and share their thoughts on these key questions while interfacing with the broader community.

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Retraining the Brain’s Vision Center to Take Action

By Robert Sanders – 1 March 2018

Retraining the Brain's Vision Center to Take Action

Neuroscientists have demonstrated the astounding flexibility of the brain by training neurons that normally process input from the eyes to develop new skills, in this case, to control a computer-generated tone. “We arbitrarily hijacked small groups of neurons in the visual cortex and virtually re-routed their output to make them control a brain-machine interface, or BMI,” said Jose Carmena, senior author of a paper about the development that will appear March 1 in the journal Neuron.

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Adult Human Brains Don’t Grow New Neurons in Hippocampus

By Shawn Sorrells, Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, Mercedes Paredes
12 March 2018

Nanoparticles in Mice Brains Light Up, Trigger Memories

When our recent study met significant skepticism, we weren’t surprised. After all, we ourselves remained skeptical of what we were seeing throughout our investigation. But repeated and varied experiments convinced us our conclusions were correct: New brain cells don’t grow (or are extremely rare) in the adult human hippocampus, a region important for learning and memory. The birth of new neurons in human memory circuits, in other words, declines during childhood to undetectable levels in the adult.

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