Fall 2017 Issue 42

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

From the Director

How we sense the passage of time and control the timing of our actions is one of the great mysteries of brain science. McGovern Investigators are working on multiple approaches to solve this challenge.

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Emily Mackevicius, a graduate student in the lab of Michale Fee, studies how zebra finches learn to produce the precisely timed movements required for singing. Photo: Justin Knight

Feature Story

A Sense of Timing

Behavioral experiments, brain recordings and computer models are all helping to explain how the brain processes time.

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Kay and Ted Poitras (center) with Bob Desimone. Photo: McGovern Institute

Institute News

New Fund to Support Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation

Friends Ted and Kay Poitras have set up a fund to support research into a novel method for brain stimulation.

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Michael Halassa will join the McGovern Institute as an associate member in the fall of 2017. Photo: Vilcek Foundation

McGovern Institute to Welcome New Associate Member

Michael Halassa joins the McGovern Institute as an associate member in the fall of 2017.

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Photo: Kent Dayton

Emilio Bizzi Becomes Emeritus Professor

We congratulate Emilio Bizzi, a founding member of the McGovern Institute, on becoming an Institute Professor Emeritus at MIT.

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Feng Zhang

Awards & Honors

Awards and Honors

Feng Zhang has been named a 2017 Laureate of the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists and a winner of the 2017 Albany Medical Prize.

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Brain regions that grew significantly thicker in reading-disabled children whose reading improved after an intensive summer treatment program, as shown in the red and yellow areas. Neither a control group nor children who did not respond to treatment exhibited changes in brain structure. Image: Rachel Romeo

Research News

Socioeconomic background linked to reading improvement; new insights into how the brain processes natural stimuli; novel microscopy technique enables more informative biopsies

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McGovern researchers and staff roast marshmallows at the 2017 retreat. Photo: McGovern Institute

Events

McGovern Institute Annual Retreat

On June 5–6, McGovern researchers and staff gathered in Newport, Rhode Island for the annual McGovern Institute retreat.

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Jim Karol

Famed Memory Expert Visits Institute

Jim Karol, the self-proclaimed “man with the world’s best memory,” participated in an entertaining seminar on memory organized by McGovern scientist Robert Ajemian.

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