Bhandawat Lab Publication in Scientific Reports, "Organization of descending neurons in Drosophila melanogaster"
February 3, 2016
Neural processing in the brain controls behavior through descending neurons (DNs) - neurons which carry signals from the brain to the spinal cord (or thoracic ganglia in insects). Because DNs arise from multiple circuits in the brain, the numerical simplicity and availability of genetic tools make Drosophila a tractable model for understanding descending motor control.
January 21, 2016
By now, you might have discovered that taming your sweet tooth as a New Year's resolution is harder than you think. New research by Duke University scientists Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD and Henry Yin, PhD suggests that ahabit leaves a lasting mark on specific circuits in the brain, priming us to feed our cravings.
January 14, 2016
New research from Duke University reveals how three proteins work in concert to wire up a specific area of the developing brain that is responsible for processing sensory information. “We may have pinpointed a developmental process that may be critically impaired in diseases such as autism, and that’s really exciting,” said Cagla Eroglu, an assistant professor of cell biology and neurobiology at the Duke University School of Medicine, who led the research.
Bhandawat Lab Paper "Odor-identity dependent motor programs underlie behavioral responses to odors" Published in eLIFE
January 11, 2016
Humans rely chiefly on vision to understand and navigate the world around them. But for many...
January 7, 2016
Proprioception is the body's ability to understand where its various parts are in relation to each other. In a new article by Eben Bein in The Atlantic Monthly , Duke Neurology's Wolfgang Liedtke, MD, PhD and Duke Neurobiology's Jorg Grandl, PhD discuss new research into what is often considered a sixth sense.
January 7, 2016
Duke University researchers have figured out how a developmental disease called microcephaly produces a much smaller brain than normal: Some cells are simply too slow as they proceed through the neuron production process. Published online Jan. 7 in the journal Neuron , the findings provide not only a new mechanistic explanation for microcephaly, but they could also aid understanding of autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders that are thought to arise from disruptions in the proper balance of neurons in the brain.
Erich D. Jarvis Receives 2015 Ernest Everett Just Award from the American Society for Cell Biology, Writes Associated Essay, "Surviving as an underrepresented minority scientist in a majority environment"
November 18, 2015
Duke Neurobiology's Erich D. Jarvis, PhD is the recipient of the 2015 Ernest Everett Just Award from the American Society for Cell Biology. In his associated essay, Jarvis discusses the lessons he learned that have allowed him to survive as an underrepresented minority scientist in a majority environment.
Greg D. Field's Paper, "Mapping Nonlinear Receptive Field Structure in Primate Retina at Single Cone Resolution," Published in eLIFE
November 1, 2015
Duke Neurobiology's Greg D. Field has been published in eLIFE, with a paper on mapping nonlinear receptive field structure in primate retina at single cone resolution. Field's Duke University laboratory studies how the retina processes visual scenes and transmits this information to the brain.
Duke Neurobiology Community's Marc G. Caron, PhD Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences
October 28, 2015
One of this year’s class of 147 new inductees into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is Duke Neurobiology's affiliated faculty PI Marc G. Caron, Ph.D., James B. Duke Professor in the Department of Cell Biology. He studies G protein coupled receptors, which mediate the actions of hormones and key neurotransmitters in the central nervous system that regulate motor control, cognition, emotion and reward -- dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, and others. To learn more about Caron's neurobiology research, visit Caron Lab on our Faculty Labs page.
James O. McNamara Delivers Clinical Neuroscience Lecture on Temporal Lobe Epilepsy at SFN Neuroscience 2015
October 19, 2015
Duke Neurobiology's James O. McNamara delivered a lecture to the audience at the Society for Neuroscience (SFN) Neuroscience 2015 conference. McNamara, whose lab at Duke University seeks to elucidate the mechanisms of epileptogenesis, the process by which epilepsy develops and progresses, discussed temporal lobe epilepsy and the causal role of excessive neurotrophin signaling in its development.
October 15, 2015
A team of researchers and software developers from Duke University and the Duke Medical Center has introduced a free iOS app to learn more about autism in young children living around the world. Duke's collaborative neuroscience community contributed greatly to the project.
October 5, 2015
From September 30 to October 2, 2015, Duke Neurobiology enjoyed its annual retreat, as the department traveled to Wrightsville Beach for a few days of science and surf. Students and faculty shared the research they conducted over the past year, listened to keynote speeches on medical education and neuroscience, and performed skits.
Anders Nelson Awarded 2015 Bill Hall Prize
September 28, 2015
Anders Nelson, Ph.D. of Duke Neurobiology's Mooney Lab, headed by Dr. Richard D. Mooney, was awarded the 2015 Bill Hall Prize for Excellence in Graduate Student Research for his work in identifying and characterizing the neural circuits that relay movement-related information to the auditory cortex.
Lead PI Hiroaki Matsunami's Collaborative Group Awarded NSF BRAIN Initiative Grant for Analysis of Mammalian Olfactory Code
September 24, 2015
Olfaction is critical for the survival of species across the animal kingdom. Yet how the brain...