News from 2017

  • Research

MCB Professor Wins Sackler Prize

MCB Professor Takao K. Hensch, who researches brain development with Harvard’s Center for Brain Science and Children’s Hospital Boston, has won the biannual Mortimer D. Sackler, M.D. Prize…

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  • Education

THINK GLOBALLY, RESEARCH INTERNATIONALLY: UNDERGRADUATE SCIENTISTS STUDY ABROAD IN JAPAN

(l to r) Kenji Haruhana, Christine Zhang ’18, Michael Bambrick ’18, Jamasb Sayadi ’17, Anthony Thai ’17, Allura Landsberg ’18, Frances Ding ’17, Yervand Azatian ’16 (USC) "It…

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  • Archive

CLOCK GENES TIME BRAIN DEVELOPMENT [HENSCH LAB]

(l to r) Yohei Kobayashi, Zhanlei Ye, and Takao Hensch Scientists have long known that humans and other animals have a master biological clock situated in a deep…

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  • Archive

RESCUING SENSORY INTEGRATION IN MOUSE MODELS OF AUTISM [HENSCH LAB]

Nadine Gogolla (l) and Takao K. Hensch Many people with autism display atypical sensory processing, and in independent studies, abnormalities in a deep brain structure known as the…

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  • Archive

CHOROID PLEXUS A SOURCE OF KEY FACTOR IN BRAIN PLASTICITY [HENSCH LAB]

(l to r) Takao K. Hensch, Henry H.C. Lee, and Alain Prochiantz A small group of highly metabolically active neurons act as conductors in the symphony that is…

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  • Archive

SHAPING MUSIC PREFERENCE IN MICE [HENSCH LAB]

Takao Hensch (l) and Eun-Jin Yang Behavioral preferences are shaped from an early age and often last a lifetime. Even before they are 1 week old, babies prefer…

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  • Archive, Research

NEW RESEARCH CENTER AIMS TO MAP BRAIN’S NERVE CIRCUITS IN SEARCH FOR CAUSES OF MENTAL ILLNESS

Scientists in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) and Center for Brain Science (CBS) have launched a high-tech effort to map the brain’s “wiring diagram” and…

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  • Archive

SCULPTING SOUND SPACE IN THE DEVELOPING BRAIN

(L-R)Takao Hensch and Tania Rinaldi Barkat Brain functions, such as language, are shaped by experience during windows of heightened plasticity in early life. For example, children raised in…

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  • Archive

REMOVING AN ENDOGENOUS PROTOTOXIN RESTORES VISION

(L to R) Hirofumi Morishita and Takao K. Hensch Much of our behavior reflects the neural circuits sculpted by experience during early developmental critical periods. Such heightened brain…

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  • Archive

GABA NEURONS TURN A BLIND EYE

Takao Hensch A new study, published in this week's Nature, that helps tease apart the role of single cells in the neural circuit controlling vision is helping researchers…

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