Environmental Factors in Parkinson's Disease
Epidemiologist Harvey Checkoway reveals environmental causes of Parkinson's Disease.
Huntington's Disease
Jody Corey-Bloom helps patients and their families understand Huntington's disease.
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Albert La Spada works to uncover the molecular bases of neurodegenerative diseases.
Brain Imaging and Movement Disorders
Novel use of brain imaging techniques aids understanding of movement disorders.
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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.
Brain origami
06/23/2016
[En español] Origami (from Japanese words “ori” meaning to fold and “kami” meaning paper) is the art of paper folding. A brain and a sheet of office paper don’t seem to have much in common, but when you crumple up the sheet into a paper ball you are holding the key to one of the mysteries […]
Why Do You #SciComm?
06/17/2016
[En español] One of the best parts about being a part of NeuWriteSD is the diversity of interests and backgrounds of our members. We all love the brain and want to share that love with others, but our reasons for being here are as different as we are. So we asked our members the question: […]
Forget About It
06/09/2016
[En español] In the midst of studying for finals, forgetting is the enemy. You can easily remember the lyrics to your favorite 90s hit, but the names of the 12 cranial nerves elude you. We often think about forgetting as something pathological. We become frustrated by that all too familiar tip-of-your-tongue feeling and in extreme […]
Your Brain on Thirsty Thursday
06/02/2016
Alcohol: loss of motor coordination, a sense of invincibility, amplified emotions, loss of inhibition, hazy memory, blackout. What kind of crazy things are happening in the brain?! How does alcohol even get into the brain?!
Happiness comes from within
05/26/2016
[En español] ‘Folks are usually about as happy as they make up their minds to be’ – Abraham Lincoln. Happiness comes from within. More specifically, from the brain. Surely I am biased when I say the nervous system is incredibly interesting, but I am not the only one who thinks this. The public’s fascination with the brain most likely […]
For the love of dog!
05/20/2016
Think about your favorite pet (maybe it belongs to you…or your roommate in my case). What does it look like? Where is its favorite spot to hang out? When was the last time you played with it? Now think about the same things, but about your best (human) friend. You might experience similar feelings of […]