Several CUMC researchers received grants from the NIH’s new BRAIN Initiative, a 12-year research program launched last year by President Obama.
Research from David Sulzer’s lab suggests that a delay in the normal elimination of excess synapses in the brain may be a common cause of autism.
The ability to diagnose Alzheimer’s before the onset of symptoms would allow physicians to treat it before extensive brain damage has occurred.
Columbia is part of a new consortium to identify rare genetic variants that may protect against, or contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
Optogenetics allows researchers to use light-sensitive molecules inserted into neurons to turn those neurons on or off with millisecond precision.
The prize recognizes his groundbreaking work on the neural networks of the spinal cord involved in the control of movement.