Getting cravings out of your head

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Kay Tye is Skyping from a hotel in Turks and Caicos, a sultry escape from her hometown of frigid Cambridge, Massachusetts. She speaks with a breathless, wide-eyed giddiness, and with her sunburned face and ponytail, she looks the part of stoked college student. You might see Tye with her 18-month-old daughter and think new mom, … Read More

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

Distinct Amygdala Projections Control Opposing Behavioral Outputs

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Monday Night Neuroscience Seminars – Kay Tye, MIT – “Distinct Amygdala Projections Control Opposing Behavioral Outputs” The ability to differentiate between positive and negative environmental stimuli is critical to an animal’s survival. However, the neural circuits that endow the brain with the ability to differentiate positive and negative motivationally significant stimuli have been difficult to … Read More

Creative Minds: Trying to Curb Those Sugar Cravings

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Creative Minds Trying to Curb hose Sugar Cravings

It’s that time of year again: holiday parties and family feasts! One of the most frequently made—and most often broken—New Year’s resolutions is to follow a sensible diet. All goes well until you catch sight of a cupcake or smell some cookies fresh out of the oven. Sensory cues trigger cravings that crumble resolve and, … Read More

Three from MIT win NIH grants

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Boyden, Ting and Tye receive grants for innovative medical research. Three MIT faculty members have been awarded National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants designed to promote innovative biomedical research. The Institute’s recipients of these NIH grants are Edward Boyden, an associate professor of biological engineering and brain and cognitive sciences; Alice Ting, the Ellen Swallow … Read More

With NIH grant, Kay Tye will take on obesity

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The MIT professor has earned a 2013 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award to further her obesity research. MIT assistant professor of neuroscience Kay M. Tye has studied the brain circuits underlying addiction, anxiety and depression — major problems to the health of individuals and society. Now she wants to apply her training, and her own … Read More

Brain circuit can tune anxiety

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Brain circuit can tune anxiety

New findings may help neuroscientists pinpoint better targets for antianxiety treatments. Anxiety disorders, which include posttraumatic stress disorder, social phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder, affect 40 million American adults in a given year. Currently available treatments, such as antianxiety drugs, are not always effective and have unwanted side effects. To develop better treatments, a more specific … Read More

From the frontline: 30 something science

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What’s being female got to do with anything, ask the scientists who are starting labs and having kids. Being five months pregnant comes with a series of concessions: no booze, no sushi, no double-shot espressos. Less appreciated, perhaps, is the havoc it can wreak on a breakdancer’s moves. “My dancing is definitely limited now,” says … Read More