Summer 2018 Issue 45

McGovern Institute director Robert Desimone. Photo: Justin Knight

From the Director

In this issue, we explore research from John Gabrieli’s lab and look at how some teachers are trying to increase the success of interventions for learning and reading disabilities.

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Boston public school teacher Colleen Labbe believes that the brain of a struggling child can change in response to the right interventions. Photo: Justin Knight

Feature Story

The Learning Brain

By unraveling the science behind learning disabilities, McGovern researchers hope to improve education interventions in the classroom.

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Ed Boyden and Feng Zhang named HHMI investigators.

Institute News

McGovern Scientists Named HHMI Investigators

Ed Boyden and Feng Zhang are among 19 top scientists selected from across the nation.

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David Anderson of Caltech is the winner of the 2018 Edward M. Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience. Photo: Caltech

Caltech Neurobiologist Wins 2018 Scolnick Prize

We are delighted to announce that David J. Anderson of Caltech is the winner of the 2018 Edward M. Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience.

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MIT Institute Professor and founding member of the McGovern Institute, Ann Grayiel.

Awards & Honors

Awards and Honors

Ed Boyden, Canada International Gairdner Award * Ann Graybiel, Gruber Prize in Neuroscience * Nancy Kanwisher, Heineken Prize * Feng Zhang, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Academy of Sciences

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Mouse neurons visualized using nontoxic rabies viral vectors. Image: Ian Wickersham

Research News

New MRI sensor tracks calcium ions * Brain network responsible for inferring the mental states of others forms at surprisingly young age * How the brain tracks objects in motion * Nontoxic rabies virus helps visualize neurons * ALS gene function uncovered

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Members of the MIT neuroscience community pose for a group photo at the annual retreat in Newport, Rhode Island. Photo: McGovern Institute


MIT Neuroscience Retreat

Members of the MIT neuroscience community gathered for a joint scientific retreat in Newport, Rhode Island on June 4-5.

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CRISPRCon 2018, held at the Seaport World Trade Center. Keynote: "Conversation with a CRISPR scientist" with Feng Zhang, McGovern Institute and the Broad Institute, and interviewer Carey Goldberg, WBUR. Photo by Caitlin Cunningham (

Feng Zhang Headlines CRISPRcon

McGovern Institute and Broad Institute co-hosted CRISPRcon 2018, a conference on the science, society and future of gene editing.

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