Summer 2016 Issue 38

Robert Desimone, Director of the McGovern Institute. Photo: Kent Dayton

From the Director

In this issue, we feature two recent studies that explicitly target autism using contrasting approaches.

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(Left to right) Caroline Robertson and Nancy Kanwisher. Photo: Sham Sthankiya

Feature Story

Finding a Way In

Researchers at the McGovern Institute are approaching autism from multiple angles to find new treatment leads.

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June 28, 2016 -- The opening of Schwerpunkt, a suspended anamorphic neuron sculpture by Ralph Helmick, at MIT’s McGovern Institute. Photo by Caitlin Cunningham (

Institute News

Anamorphic Neuron Sculpture Installed

There’s a new focal point at the McGovern Institute and it’s called Schwerpunkt.

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Feng Zhang wins 2016 Tang Prize

Awards & Honors

Awards and Honors

Feng Zhang has been named a 2016 Tang Prize Laureate in Biopharmaceutical Science.

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MIT researchers have developed a new way to image proteins and RNA inside neurons of intact brain tissue.

Image: Yosuke Bando, Fei Chen, Dawen Cai, Ed Boyden, and Young Gyu

Research News

New results from the MEG Lab, Ed Boyden and Feng Zhang.

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Professor Guoping Feng points to a gallery of photos while leading the Secretary of Guangdong Province, Hu Chunhua, on a tour of MIT's McGovern Institute for Brain Research. Photo: Justin Knight


McGovern hosts Chinese delegation and Bldg 46 wins "Crossing the Charles" competition.

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