The Mind and Methods of V.S. Ramachandran
V.S. Ramachandran discusses his fascinating career & scientific process.
Chemistry of the Brain
Jean-Pierre Changeux reflects on the brain, bacteria, and consciousness.
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.
Turning the Brain ‘Inside Out’
07/02/2015
Who would’ve thought that a film that takes place inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley and uses her personified emotions as the main protagonists would break the box office record for original movies and be such a worldwide sensation? From the moment I first heard about Inside Out, my own little Joy […]
Aging: Telomeres and Meatballs
06/25/2015
What causes the slowly encroaching physical signs that we are past our prime? Scientists often gain understanding about a particular physiological process by studying cases in which that process goes awry. Can the aging process go haywire?
Stop The Presses: Retraction by the Numbers
06/18/2015
It’s been a rough few weeks for the journal Science…and science as a whole. The retraction of a well-covered study on the effect of conversations with LGBT canvassers on votes for same-sex marriages has attracted a lot of attention from social media and has led the New York Times to publish a list of recent […]
Technicalities of the Tingles: The science of sounds that feel good. #ASMR
06/11/2015
“I wanted someone speaking in lightly accented English. And I wanted them talking to me about jewelry, slowly and deliberately.” — Andrea Seigel, This American Life #491: Tribes (aired March 29, 2013) Now that NeuWriteSD’s gender month is over, I thought I’d ease our readers back into the usual routine with a scientifically-stimulating but slightly […]
Hormones: What Boys and Girls are Made of?
06/04/2015
Once upon a time, a little boy named Bruce was born. The boy had the promise of a happy, normal life, until one day during a botched medical procedure his penis was destroyed beyond repair. His parents searched desperately for help, worried about little Bruce’s future. Their search led them to a psychologist who assured […]
Ben Barres: On Science and Sexism
05/28/2015
Every May, the UCSD Neurosciences Graduate Program gathers students and faculty at a conference center on beautiful Lake Arrowhead for a weekend retreat of science and socialization. This spring, our keynote research speaker was Dr. Ben Barres of Stanford University. After a successful first day, a roomful of neuroscientists eagerly awaited Dr. Ben Barres’ keynote […]