News from 2019

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Comparative Computation Across Biological and Artificial Neural Networks [Engert- and Schier Labs]

In a recent paper in Neuron (PDF) the Engert and Schier labs uncover striking similarities in stimulus representation and computation across biological and artificial neural networks performing temperature…

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Pain in the (Fish) Brain [Engert-, Kunes-, and Schier Labs]

When we think of the neurons that control pain-induced behavior, what usually comes to mind are the simple peripheral and spinal reflex circuits described in medical textbooks. This…

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One Million and One Neurons: A Collection of Fish Tales [Engert Lab]

 Witnessing in real-time firing patterns of all the neurons in the brain sounds like sci-fi, but this has already been achieved in research labs in recent years. The…

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Feeling the Heat – How Does the Zebrafish Brain Process Temperature? [Engert- and Schier Labs]

The Engert and Schier labs address in a recent paper in Neuron (PDF) how larval zebrafish senses temperature and transforms the sensory representation to generate behavior with the ultimate…

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Harvard Researchers Among Those Receiving More Than $150 Million in Funding from the NIH BRAIN Initiative

Harvard scientists are among dozens of researchers who will receive more than $150 million in funding over the next five years through the National Institute of Health’s Brain…

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Go Against the Flow [Engert Lab]

Understanding brain function generally requires a deep engagement with the matter at least at two separate levels. These are the level of behavioral algorithms on the one hand…

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The First Nanoscale Rendering of an Entire Vertebrate Brain

People frequently operate computer devices such as smartphones that collect user input and process this information to produce outputs on a display or through headphones.  Engineers control how…

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NEURAL CIRCUITS AT THE BRAIN SCALE [ENGERT LAB]

A longstanding goal of neuroscience is to figure out how the brain reacts to what is happening in the outside world. But it has been challenging to map…

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CALCULATING TIME TO COLLISION [ENGERT LAB]

To avoid injury, most organisms react reflexively to the approach of incoming objects. For instance, humans will, without thinking, dodge an oncoming car or bat away a small…

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HOW DO ZEBRAFISH PERCEIVE HEAT? [ENGERT AND SCHIER LABS]

(l to r) Alex Schier, Martin Haesemeyer and Florian Engert As we explore our environment we constantly experience new sensations – changes in the visual scene, different sounds…

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