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

Understanding the animal, not just its parts

A recent article in the Atlantic, “How Brain Scientists Forgot That Brains Have Owners” is making headlines. The journalist claims that in an article published in early February, titled “Neuroscience Needs Behavior: Correcting Reductionist Bias”, fancy new technologies have led the field of neuroscience astray. The original scientific publication does draw attention to an area … Continue reading Understanding the animal, not just its parts

Nonhuman primate research gives us otherwise impossible treatments

Last week, Dr. Stuart Baker, a Professor of Movement Neuroscience at Newcastle University, wrote an article in The Conversation detailing not only the lifesaving research that nonhuman primates contribute to, but also the exceptional care they receive while contributing to human health. Stuart last week also published a paper describing his laboratory’s development of a … Continue reading Nonhuman primate research gives us otherwise impossible treatments

Scientific community unites in defence of primate research

The Backstory It's been a busy few weeks for those who wish to explain the role of primates in research. Last week the NIH held a workshop on "Ensuring the Continued Responsible Oversight of Research with Non-Human Primates" (watch it back here). The Congressionally mandated workshop resulted from report language that was associated with a PETA … Continue reading Scientific community unites in defence of primate research

Teaching Children about the Brain

Dr Stacey A Bedwell is a postdoctoral researcher at Nottingham Trent University, whose work focuses on the prefrontal cortex of the mammalian brain. Dr Bedwell has previously written a guest post about the importance of animals in neuroscience for us. Stacey recent published a children’s book, How does my brain work, which takes readers through … Continue reading Teaching Children about the Brain