mind and brain

Global Aggies: A Summer Researching in Japan

This past summer, undergraduate Amanda Nguyen traveled just south of Tokyo, Japan, to research the memory of itch through the NIGINTERN Program—a competitive summer internship hosted by the National Institute of Genetics at the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI).

From Molecules to Minds

How does learning occur? And how do we remember what we learn? UC Davis Center for Neuroscience researchers are asking these questions to learn about the brain.

Jennifer Whistler: On the Search for Safer Opioids

As healthcare professionals, pharmaceutical companies, patients and families grapple with the opioid crisis, researchers are rushing to design safer opioids. Center for Neuroscience Associate Director Jennifer Whistler believes drug development is headed in the wrong direction when it comes to opioids. Her solution: design a better drug that mimics the body's natural pain reliever, endorphin.

NIH Grant Supports Collaborative UC Effort to Visualize Brain Learning

A three-year, roughly $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative, will aid a team of researchers at UC Davis and UC Berkeley, led by Associate Professor Karen Zito, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior in the College of Biological Sciences, in developing new brain imaging tools to visualize how synaptic connections between neurons shift during learning.

Why Study Bird Brains? A Video by Rebecca Calisi

Why study the brains of birds? Do birds even have brains worth talking about? In fact, birds can show complex behavior and mental function. We can learn a lot from studying the neuroscience of birds — knowledge that we can relate to how human brains function in health and disease. In this video, Rebecca Calisi Rodriguez, assistant professor of neurobiology, physiology and behavior in the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences, introduces her own work on bird brains and talks to some prominent neuroscientists about their work.