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Funding from Kavli Foundation to establish new institute at Rockefeller devoted to neuroscience

The Kavli Foundation and The Rockefeller University today announced the formation of the Kavli Neural Systems Institute (Kavli NSI) at Rockefeller, funded by a $20 million endowment supported equally by Kavli and Rockefeller. The Institute will become part of a network of seven Kavli Institutes carrying out fundamental research in neuroscience, and a broader network of 20 Kavli Institutes dedicated to astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience, and theoretical physics. More »

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For worms, positive thinking is the key to finding food

For worms, positive thinking is the key to finding foodA newly described neural circuit in the brain of C. elegans derives precise and simple information from the smell of food, nudging the animal in the direction of the food source. This discovery shows the worm brain may be more sophisticated in processing sensory information than previously realized. More »

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First Winners of Tri-Institutional Breakout Awards Announced

Six young scientists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Rockefeller University, and Weill Cornell Medical College have been named the inaugural winners of a new prize for postdoctoral investigators in the life sciences. The Breakout Awards were established by three Tri-Institutional winners of the 2013 Breakthrough Prize in Life Science with additional financial support from the institutions themselves. More »

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Analysis of worm neurons suggests how a single stimulus can trigger different responses

Analysis of worm neurons suggest how a single stimulus can trigger different responsesIn experiments, the state of a simple brain network determined the likelihood a worm would move toward a delicious smell or ignore it. Scaled up to account for the more nuanced behaviors of humans, the research may suggest ways in which our brains process competing motivations. More »

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In the News – Popular Science – Bargmann

Meet a neurologist who’s mapping the human brain   “In the past century of neuroscience, there’s been a lot of analysis of individual neurons and synapses, and, more recently, imaging of the whole brain. But we scientists think everything of … More »

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Cori Bargmann awarded 2015 Benjamin Franklin Medal

New technique efficiently turns antibodies into highly tuned ‘nanobodies’Rockefeller University neurobiologist Cori Bargmann will receive the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Sciences for contributions that have led to major discoveries elucidating the relationship between genes, neurons, neural circuits and behavior. The award, announced this week, will be presented in April at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. More »

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51%: The Women’s Perspective   “Dr. Cori Bargmann of Rockefeller University studies how biology, our genes and the environment we live in can affect the way we act. She is especially interested in understanding social behaviors. Believe it or not, … More »


Cori Bargmann, Titia de Lange win inaugural Breakthrough Prizes worth $3 million

Two Rockefeller University scientists are among 11 winners of the first annual Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, an award established by six tech entrepreneurs dedicated to advancing breakthrough research. At $3 million each, the prizes are worth more than twice the amount of the Nobel. They were created to recognize excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extended human life.

Administered by a new non-profit organization, the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation, the prize is founded by Art Levinson, chairman of the board of Apple and former CEO of Genentech; Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google Inc.; Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of 23andMe; Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, and his wife Pricilla Chan; and Yuri Milner, founder of the Russian internet company Mail.ru. More »

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Nicholson Lecture brings vascular biologist to speak at Rockefeller as part of exchange program with Karolinska Institute

Christer Betsholtz will visit the Rockefeller University campus as part of a recently renewed program that supports research exchanges between the university and the Karolinska Institute. Betsholtz studies vascular biology, with a focus on cellular and molecular mechanisms for angiogenesis and vascular permeability. More »

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Neurotransmitters linked to mating behavior are shared by mammals and worms

New research from Rockefeller University has shown that chemicals in the brain — neuropeptides known as vasopressin and oxytocin — play a role in coordinating mating and reproductive behavior in animals ranging from humans to fish to invertebrates. More »

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Cornelia Bargmann receives Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

Bargmann is among the first women scientists to receive the prize, which is awarded biennially for outstanding achievement in advancing our knowledge and understanding of the brain and nervous system.

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Rockefeller hosts first Leon Levy Neuroscience Fellows Symposium

The first Leon Levy Neuroscience Fellows Symposium will be held at Rockefeller University on Wednesday, May 16. Levy Fellows from Rockefeller, Columbia and New York universities, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College will discuss their latest neuroscience research with current Leon Levy Fellows as well as their mentors, former fellows and principal investigators involved with the fellowship program. More »

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Genes help worms decide where to dine

A recent study by Rockefeller University researchers identifies natural variations in several genes that help determine when and where microscopic C. elegans worms feast. The impact of the gene variants on the worms’ foraging behavior was the most significant in borderline decisions, the researchers says, when the bacteria available to eat were neither scarce nor plentiful. More »

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Shaham and Chalasani named winners of 2009 Blavatnik Awards

Associate Professor Shai Shaham and Postdoctoral Fellow Sreekanth H. Chalasani, who were named finalists in the third annual competition in September, were honored last night with six other winners at the New York Academy of Sciences’ Science and the City Gala. More »

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Research defines neurons that control sociability in worms

The earth is populated by social animals, including humans, the most sophisticated socialites of all. Relatively little is known about the neuronal underpinnings of our gregarious instincts, however. New research tackles the problem in the worm, identifying a neural circuit — perhaps the world’s simplest social brain — that drives pheromone attraction and social behavior. More »

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Cori Bargmann wins 2009 Lounsbery Award

Bargmann, who studies how C. elegans’s neural circuits develop, identifies the genes and neural pathways for its actions and investigates how sensory inputs regulate those circuits, is the recipient of this year’s Richard Lounsbery Award from the National Academy of Sciences. More »

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By recognizing odors, a single neuron controls reactions

A neuron responsible for smelling can distinguish odors and also change the reaction to them based on an organism’s prior experiences. The findings buck a prevailing theory that each neuron is dedicated to one behavior and also suggests that the nervous system may be more adaptive, at a more basic level, than scientists thought before. More »

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$4.5 million grant funds interdisciplinary fellowships at Rockefeller

The grant, from the Leon Levy Foundation, will fund the Leon Levy Presidential Fellowships in Neuroscience, designed to recruit young scientists whose research is at the crossroads of physics, mathematics and neuroscience. More »

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Biologists use microfluidics chips to watch worm behavior

For the first time, researchers have visualized neural impulses in C. elegans olfactory neurons at the moment they occur. Using specialized chips that can monitor the roundworms’ behavior, they’ve found that the worm neural system has similarities to our own. More »

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Left-right wiring determined by neural communication in the embryonic worm

Although most animals appear symmetrical at first glance, they hide a glut of internal asymmetries. The roundworm C. elegans has nerves on its left and right sides that perform different functions, and which nerve runs down which side seems random from worm to worm. New research shows that the system responsible for establishing the arbitrary left-right configuration is an embryonic network of gap junctions that dissolve as the worm develops. More »

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