Thomas M. Jessell, co-director of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, believes the program offers the prospect of changing the way that many aspects of academics will be pursued at Columbia in the decades to come.

Images of various preparations used to study traumatic brain injury in Barclay Morrison's laboratory. Left: a mixed culture of brain cells stained for neurons (green) and auxiliary brain cells (red). Center: a hippocampal slice stained for inhibitory neurons (green). Right: a living hippocampal culture on a microelectrode array (black dots) to record neuronal activity after injury.

Barclay Morrison, an associate professor of biomedical engineering, compares the brain's physical response to traumatic brain injury to, of all things, a gelatin dessert.

Maybe you have heard of robots that can fly. But how about a robot that is able to learn through its own experiences to drive itself to the airport?

Manuela Douglass

WHO SHE IS: Lab Technician, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center


Researchers in the Taub Institute at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have identified a mechanism that appears to underlie the common sporadic (non-familial) form of Parkinson’s disease, the progressive movement disorder.

From left, Brad Garton and David Sulzer discuss turning brain waves into music on WHYY/PBS in Philadelphia.

Columbia neurophysiologist David Sulzer took his first piano lessons at the age of 11 and was playing his violin and guitar in bars by age 15.

Figure 2: Abnormal accumulation of the FGFR-TACC fusion protein (red) in glioblastoma stem cells isolated from a primary human glioblastoma with fused FGFR- TACC genes. Cellular nuclei are colored blue. Image credit: Anna Lasorella and Antonio Iavarone/Columbia University Medical Center

Study Pinpoints a Genetic Cause of Most Lethal Brain Tumor— May Lead to New Treatment

"Reawakening the Brain Through Music" focused on the ability of music to heal patients afflicted with severe neurological and physical problems and the larger biological question of where music resides in the brain.

Best known for his work with people suffering from unusual brain disorders, Dr. Oliver Sacks admitted that when he started his medical career back in the 1960s, he wanted to work as a research scientist in a laboratory.

Many strands of Eric Kandel’s life come together in his latest work, "The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present." The 82-year-old University Professor and co-director of the Mind Brain Behavior Initiative

Neural stem cells detaching from the vascular niche. Image credit: Anna Lasorella, CUMC /Nature Cell Biology

Findings offer new insights into neurologic development and regenerative therapies for neurologic disease