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Video Profile: Nancy Kanwisher

Nancy Kanwisher, a founding member of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, uses brain imaging to learn about the organization of the mind.


Re-creating autism, in mice

By mutating a single gene, researchers at MIT and Duke have produced mice with two of the most common traits of autism — compulsive, repetitive behavior and avoidance of social interaction. They further showed that this gene, which is also implicated in many cases of human autism, appears to produce autistic behavior by interfering with […]


Roberta Sydney becomes Chair of Friends, welcomes new members

The McGovern Institute is pleased to announce that Roberta Sydney SM ’88, a member of the McGovern Leadership Board, has accepted the invitation to serve as Chair of the Friends of the McGovern Institute with the goal of expanding the group and broadening its mission. “We are delighted that Roberta accepted our invitation,” says Robert […]


Patricia and James Poitras ’63

The Poitras Center for Affective Disorders Research was founded through a $20M commitment to the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT from Patricia and James Poitras ‘63.


Video Profile: Ann Graybiel

Ann Graybiel studies the basal ganglia, forebrain structures that are profoundly important for normal brain function but are also implicated in Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and addiction.


Video Profile: Tomaso Poggio

Tomaso Poggio develops computational models of brain function in order to understand human intelligence and to build intelligent machines that can mimic human performance. Learn more about Tomaso Poggio here.


2010 Scolnick Prize Lecture: Yuh-Nung and Lily Jan

The McGovern Institute awarded the 2010 Edward M. Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience to Lily and Yuh-Nung Jan of the University of California, San Francisco. In this video, Yuh-Nung Jan delivers the first part of a joint prize lecture entitled, “Dendrite morphogenesis and channel regulation: implications for mental health and neurological disorders.” McGovern Institute director, Bob […]


Novel MRI sensor provides molecular view of brain

Alan Jasanoff is developing a new generation of brain imaging technologies to study the neural mechanisms of behavior. In this video press release, Jasanoff discusses his latest findings published in Nature Biotechnology on February 28, 2010. In this study, Jasanoff’s team designed a new MRI sensor that responds to the neurotransmitter dopamine, an achievement that […]


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