• Dr. John IversenDr. John Iversen to Present Upcoming TEDx Talk
    TDLC's Dr. Iversen will be presenting a TEDx talk on October 17, 2015, at Symphony Hall in San Diego. He will discuss the SIMPHONY project, an "ambitious collaborative longitudinal study of the impact of music training on brain and behavioral development." To register or learn more, click here

  • Salk InstituteDr. Terrence Sejnowski in the news:
    Receptors in brain linked to schizophrenia, autism
    The loss of a critical receptor in a special class of inhibitory neurons in the brain may be responsible for neurodevelopmental disorders including autism and schizophrenia, according to new research by Salk scientists. TDLC's Dr. Sejnowski is head of Salk’s Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, which led the research published in Molecular Psychiatry on August 11, 2015. Salk news release Additional article

  • EmotientEmotient Analyzes the Debate
    Emotion-Reading Technology First And Only To Analyze Audience Reactions To Republican Presidential Primary Debate(8/7/15). Emotient Breaks Ground Using Machine Learning Algorithm to Verify Authentic, Real-Time Voter Emotions to Candidate Responses. (PRNewswire)

  • Former Dr. Lebrecht and Dr. TarrTDLC Trainee Sophie Lebrecht, Ph.D., and TDLC investigator Michael Tarr, Ph.D.,
    in the news: Neon Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum

    Neon, founded in 2012, offers proprietary technology that combines "neuroscience and machine learning to understand how the human brain responds to images and how that response translates to increased audience engagement." The company was selected as a 2016 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, a group of the 49 most innovative global companies as determined by the World Economic Forum.  Dr. Lebrecht is CEO of Neon, while Dr. Tarr is co-founder of the company. More

  • Dr. Cottrell interviewed during IBRO 2015
    TDLC's Dr. Gary Cottrell discusses the mini-symposium he chaired during the 9th International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) World Congress on Neuroscience in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (July 7-11, 2015). Click here to watch his interview on Music as a window onto the brain!

  • A New Wrinkle: Geometry of Brain's Outer Surface Correlates With Genetic Heritage
    Researchers at UC San Diego and the School of Medicine have found that the shape of the cerebral cortex correlates with genetic ancestry. The study, published online in Current Biology (7/9/15), "could eventually lead to more personalized medicine approaches for diagnosing and treating brain diseases." TDLC's Dr. Terry Jernigan is a co-author of the study. More

  • Fast ForWord In Schools - A Groundbreaking Pilot Program (7/9/15)
    Mind Matters, a treatment center serving families affected by ADD / ADHD, Autism spectrum disorders and learning disorders, collaborated with the Vallecito Unified School District to bring Fast ForWord to Hazel Fischer Elementary and Michelson Elementary. The Fast ForWord program, co-developed by TDLC's Dr. Paula Tallal, is a computer-based reading intervention used to help children who are struggling in school. Mind Matters found the pilot program to be tremendously successful. More

    Emotient on KUSI News

  • Ken Denman and Dr. Marian Bartlett Interviewed on KUSI News (6/30/15)
    Ken Denman (President and CEO of Emotient) and Dr. Marni Bartlett (Founder and Lead Scientist at Emotient) were interviewed on KUSI News about Emotient! Click here to view photos (video not available)

  • Washington DC
    Congressional Briefing on the Science of Learning

    TDLC Co-Director Andrea Chiba and Project Scientist Alex Khalil travelled to Washington, D.C. to co-host a Congressional Briefing on the Science of Learning, on June 24, 2015. Other Science of Learning Directors Patricia Kuhl (University of Washington), Nora Newcombe (Temple University) and Barbara Shinn-Cunningham (Boston University) also presented results from the research in order to raise awareness of the importance of this research. The event was co-sponsored by Congressional Representative Chaka Fattah of the 2nd district of Pennsylvania. View invite

  • TDLC News - June 2015 is now available!

  • Dr. Jeff ElmanTDLC affiliate member, Dr. Jeff Elman, heads UC San Diego's new Online and Technology Enhanced Education Office
    Beyond MOOCs: Campus Launches Online Learning Office Headed by Jeff Elman (6/11/15)

  • Genome-controlling map made (U-T San Diego, 6/1/15)
    Epigenetic map may help diagnose disease characteristics
    TDLC scientist Dr. Terry Sejnowski is a co-author of the study. More

  • Software "Reads" Kids' Expressions to Measure Pain Levels (5/31/15 and 6/2/15)
    A study by researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine has demonstrated the validity of a new method for measuring pediatric pain levels using novel facial pattern recognition software (published online June 1 in the journal Pediatrics.) The group includes senior author Jeannie Huang, MD, MPH, co-author (and TDLC investigator) Marian Bartlett, PhD. and several other colleagues. More Additional Article

  • The schizophrenia mosaic: U-M team receives $3.8M grant to study genetic differences
    A group of scientists at the University of Michigan Medical School, in collaboration with researchers at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (headed by TDLC investigator Fred H. Gage, Ph.D.) will study "mosaicism" in schizophrenia. (5/29/15) More

  • Emotient Granted Patent to Automate Facial Expression Analytics
    New Patent Covers Crowdsourcing of Training Data for Deep Learning System (PR Newswire, 5/21/15) More

  • Isabel Gauthier Named 2015 SEC Professor of the Year! This award is given annually to one SEC faculty member whose "record of teaching, research and scholarship places him or her among the elite in higher education." (4/29/15) More

  • Dr. Marlene BehrmannTDLC's Marlene Behrmann Elected To National Academy of Sciences (NAS)!
    Dr. Behrmann is the first female scientist from Carnegie Mellon University to be elected to the NAS. (4/28/15)

  • TDLC Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) student, Parker Cohn, wins first place in the San Diego Social Innovation Challenge 2015 with his H2gO water purification project! Learn more about his project, and read about the Social Innovation Challenge winners

  • Marian Bartlett and Javier Movellan speak about commercializing Emotientfacial expression recognition technology that was fostered by the unique multidisciplinary environment at the (TDLC / INC) at UC San Diego. Credit: UCSD Technology Transfer Office. Watch the video!

  • Learning how to learn: beyond the ‘math and science death march’
    Professor Barbara Oakley discusses the Mooc, Learning How to Learn, that she and Dr. Terry Sejnowski co-developed. (4/16/15) More

  • Isabel Gauthier is a recipient of the 2015 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award! These annual awards honor one faculty member from each SEC university who has excelled in teaching, research and scholarship.(4/8/15) More

  • Food for thought: Master protein enhances learning and memory
    Salk researchers and collaborators, including TDLC's Dr. Fred Gage, discovered that physical and mental activities rely on a single metabolic protein, ERRγ, that controls the flow of blood and nutrients throughout the body. (4/7/15) More

  • Drs. Terry Sejnowski, Andrea Chiba, Fred Gage, Howard Poizner, Terry Jernigan, and Jeff Elman featured in article: How does your brain work? We're learning (U-T San Diego Apr. 2, 2015) . Also: The Wonders of Your Brain:

    Dr. Chiba interviewed
    Dr. Sejnowski: Tune-ups for your Ferrari of a Brain
    Dr. Poizner (interview on page 2)
    Dr. Jernigan: Becoming a better you: the 30s, 40s

  • TDLC's Dr. Terry Jernigan contributed to a paper published in Nature Neuroscience (online March 30, 2015): Family income, parental education and brain structure in children and adolescents. In the paper, a team of investigators from nine universities across the country reported correlative links between family income and brain structure. Articles:
    Higher income linked to smarter kids; With higher incomes, child brains
    expand in areas linked to education, researchers say.

    (U-T San Diego, 3/30/15)
    Family income, parental education related to brain structure in children
    and adolescents
    (Children's Hospital L.A. Press Release, 3/30/15)

  • Updated Data Grid Information!
    TDLC has updated its instructions, server, and access to the Data Grid!
    To learn more, click here!

  • TDLC Trainees Win Awards through the Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program!
    TDLC undergrads Rafael Aguayo, Jennifer Lu, Shuying Yu, Marlene Samano, and Luisa Schuster, along with graduate student Amanda Song and post-doc Victor Minces, have all won awards through the UC San Diego Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program. This program is an investment in UC San Diego's "leadership role in interdisciplinary research." (3/12/15) Learn more

  • Dr. Clark's imageTDLC Investigator Dr. Robert Clark Wins Vizzie Award
    Dr. Clark recently received an 'Expert's Choice' Vizzie Award in the Posters and Graphics category for his poster titled "Hippocampal Neurons." The Vizzie awards "mark completion of the first NSF and Popular Science challenge collaboration that celebrates the use of visual media to clearly and accessibly communicate scientific data and research." More

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