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Video Profile: Yingxi Lin

Yingxi Lin, a member of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, uses molecular, genetic, and electrophysiological methods to understand how inhibitory circuits form within the brain, and how they are shaped by activity and experience.

2011 Scolnick Prize Lecture: Bruce S. McEwen

The 2011 Scolnick Prize in Neurosciece was awarded to Dr. Bruce McEwen for his contributions to understanding how hormones affect the brain. Dr. McEwen gave his prize lecture, entitled, “Sex, Stress, and the Brain: Hormone actions above the hypothalamus via novel mechanisms” at the McGovern Institute on September 26, 2011.

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.

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