#Brain Awareness Week: The Role of Animals in Neuroscience

March 17, 2022 If you’re a regular reader of the Speaking of Research science blog you will know that we are very interested in neuroscience – in fact several of us are neuroscientists – so you won’t be surprised to learn that we have been following events of Brain Awareness Week.  Brain Awareness Week is … Continue reading #Brain Awareness Week: The Role of Animals in Neuroscience

#Evergreen: Nonhuman primate research gives us otherwise impossible treatments

April 9th 2021 In February, we wrote about how progress in Parkinson's disease depends on nonhuman primate research. In March, we highlighted another breakthrough in Parkinson's disease, #MPAR, in nonhuman primates. And, in March again, we highlighted a breakthrough procedure in nonhuman primates, for paralyzed humans. Earlier this week, committee member Professor Chris Petkov wrote … Continue reading #Evergreen: Nonhuman primate research gives us otherwise impossible treatments

Two Stories that Demonstrate Just How Rare Good Science Reporting Has Become

Over the past week, two national news stories have nicely illustrated the distressing (and at times, depressing) state of science reporting.  The most recent headlines appeared on Wednesday when researchers announced they had developed a method for preventing the brain from rapidly decomposing in the early hours after death. Here’s a link to the press … Continue reading Two Stories that Demonstrate Just How Rare Good Science Reporting Has Become

Scientific societies express concern about Max Planck Society’s actions

Last week we posted an open letter from scientists expressing concerns and urging the community to speak out about actions taken by the Max Planck Society (MPS) against Prof. Nikos K. Logothetis, the director of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (MPI-BC, Tübingen). The letter continues to receive comments of concern and support for … Continue reading Scientific societies express concern about Max Planck Society’s actions

Open Letter Regarding the Max Planck Society’s Actions Against MPI-BC Director Prof. Logothetis

 [Note: This letter is from scientists, some of whom are members of the Speaking of Research committee. They include:  Allyson J. Bennett, J. David Jentsch, Juan Carlos Marvizon, Amanda M. Dettmer, Jeremy Bailoo, Marcello Rosa, and Roberto Caminiti. We welcome other scientists and advocates to join us in signing this letter by adding their names … Continue reading Open Letter Regarding the Max Planck Society’s Actions Against MPI-BC Director Prof. Logothetis

Max Planck Society’s actions raise serious concerns about leadership and the future of German neuroscience

The scientific community was in shock when one of Europe’s leading neuroscientists, Nikos Logothetis PhD of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, announced in 2015 that he would that he would no longer use nonhuman primates in his research into the physiology of cognitive processes, and that the work of his team would turn … Continue reading Max Planck Society’s actions raise serious concerns about leadership and the future of German neuroscience

Alzheimer’s researchers win world’s top brain research prize

The one million Euro Brain Prize, awarded by the Lundbeck Foundation in Denmark has been announced. Last year's winners, received the prize for their work understanding the mechanisms of reward in the brain. This year, the prize has gone to four neuroscientists for their groundbreaking research on the genetic and molecular basis of Alzheimer’s disease. … Continue reading Alzheimer’s researchers win world’s top brain research prize

Winners of 2017 Brain Prize announced – Peter Dayan, Ray Dolan and Wolfram Schultz

The one million Euro Brain Prize, awarded by the Lundbeck Foundation in Denmark, has gone to three neuroscientists for their work understanding the mechanisms of reward in the brain. The winners are: Peter Dayan – Director of the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College of London Ray Dolan – Director of the Max Planck Centre … Continue reading Winners of 2017 Brain Prize announced – Peter Dayan, Ray Dolan and Wolfram Schultz