Chemistry of the Brain
Jean-Pierre Changeux reflects on the brain, bacteria, and consciousness.
Alzheimer's: Supporting Patients & Families
Information, support, and more for patients and families.
Detecting Alzheimer's Earlier & Effectively
Explore the future of diagnosing and treating Alzheimer's disease.
Darlene Shiley: A Caregiver's Journey
Darlene Shiley discusses caregiving, palliative care, and loss.
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Welcome to the Brain Channel, a platform to explore research and ideas on the brain and mind, as well as possible treatments for conditions related to the nervous system.

The workings of the brain define us – what we sense, what we know, who we are. In health, the brain functions marvelously. Our goal is to find out why the brain sometimes lets us down and leads to illness.

We are on the cusp of what promises to be an era of unprecedented progress in neurology. Even with current fiscal constraints and serious concerns about how healthcare will be organized and financed, in the next two decades progress in neurology and neurological science will create important new insights into the brain as we decipher its disorders and discover and apply effective treatments.

One of the most vexing diseases is Alzheimer's. Currently, an estimated 5 million Americans have the disease, both diagnosed and undiagnosed, with 36 million worldwide. By 2050 that number will rise to 115 million worldwide, resulting in a staggering toll on patients and their caregivers.

This is why we created a series on Alzheimer's many aspects -- from neuroanatomy to clinical trials to caregiving. We hope to address other neurological conditions in a similar way in the next few months.

Please join us on this adventure to learn more about the brain and all its possibilities. Check back often for new programs, news and resources. And if you would like to suggest a topic for us to tackle, please send your ideas to brainchannel@ucsd.edu.

William C. Mobley, MD, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Chair,
Department of Neurosciences
Florence Riford Chair of Alzheimer Disease Research
University of California, San Diego


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Watch all the programs in On Our Mind: Alzheimer's Disease.
Am I addicted to coffee?
04/23/2015
Recently over coffee, my friend told me that scientists have been doing drug research wrong for years. He was referring to an article about the effects of social environment on drug taking. In the article, the author criticizes scientists, government, and media for portraying drug addiction without accounting for causes of drug addiction outside of […]
Hacking the Neuronal Recipe
04/16/2015
  Whether it’s Outback’s Bloomin’ Onion or In-N-Out’s secret sauce, the Internet is awash with bloggers’ attempts to recreate iconic foods.  Regrettably, as the occasional DIY fail can attest, not all reproductions are indistinguishable from the original. But this isn’t the case for neuroscientist Kristin Baldwin. She and her team have successfully decoded one of […]
You Do Have a Sixth Sense – and More!
04/09/2015
Ever wish you had more than just five senses? Sure, it’s cool to see, hear, touch, smell, and taste the world, but wouldn’t it be great to be able to sense other things? Perhaps you would prefer X-ray vision, telepathy, the ability to tell the future, or maybe you want to see dead people (or […]
Of Batteries and Brains: Self-Help with tDCS
04/02/2015
A Gratuitous Freudian Introduction When the renowned (if controversial) psychoanalyst and crayfish neurobiologist Sigmund Freud exclaimed that “Man has, as it were, become a kind of prosthetic God” [1], he was concerned that fast technological progress, while enabling us to modify and control the world around us to a magnificent degree, also made us ill-adjusted […]
Telepathy, possibly?
03/26/2015
Imagine a world where our thoughts could be instantly transmitted to machines, computers and other people’s brains. One important application of thought transmission would be creating sophisticated neuroprosthetics for people with a variety of disorders, a goal that has sparked exciting research that aims to connect brains with machines, computers (BMI/BCI) and other brains (brain-to-brain interfacing, BTBI). Large-scale BTBI would allow professors to broadcast lectures telepathically, doctors to communicate with patients […]
“Mind Change”: Does Technology Really Harm Our Brains? A NeuWrite Reads Special Report
03/05/2015
When I was growing up, there was this idea that the things we did on the Internet were part of a life separate from the one in the “real world” (most literally seen in the online game “Second Life”).  The people you met and the things you did weren’t really part of you and the […]