EmTech: Meet the Innovators Under 35 – Group 4

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EmTech Innovators Under 35

Identifying how the connections between regions of the brain contribute to anxiety. Kay Tye began her education as an undergraduate research assistant at MIT from 1999-2003. She continued her studies at the University of California, San Francisco as a graduate student in Patricia Janak’s lab studying electrophysiological properties of amygdala neurons both in vivo and … Read More

Kay Tye Named to Tech Review’s Top-Innovators List

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Today, MIT Technology Review revealed its annual list of Innovators Under 35. For more than a decade, the publication has recognized a list of exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world. For her work in biotechnology and medicine, Kay Tye, an assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences and a … Read More

Shining Light on Madness

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Shining Light on Madness

Drugs for psychiatric illnesses aren’t very effective. But new research is offering renewed hope for better medicines. Novartis’s research lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a large incubator-like piece of equipment is helping give birth to a new era of psychiatric drug discovery. Inside it, bathed in soft light, lab plates hold living human stem cells; robotic … Read More

Depression Eraser

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Stimulating dopamine-releasing neurons immediately extinguishes depression in mice. MIT and Stanford University researchers recently pinpointed brain cells that could be new targets for treating depression, which affects an estimated one in 10 Americans. By stimulating these cells to deliver dopamine to other parts of the brain, the researchers were able to immediately eliminate symptoms of … Read More

An On-Off Switch for Anxiety

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An On-Off Switch for Anxiety

Researchers discover a brain circuit that can instantly dampen—or exacerbate—anxiety in mice. With the flick of a precisely placed light switch, mice can be induced to cower in a corner in fear or bravely explore their environment. The study highlights the power of optogeneticstechnology—which allows neuroscientists to control genetically engineered neurons with light—to explore the … Read More