Much of our adult behavior reflects the neural circuits sculpted by experience in infancy and early childhood. At no other time in life does the surrounding environment so potently shape brain function – from basic motor skills, sensation or sleep to higher cognitive processes like language. How this plasticity waxes and wanes with age carries an impact far beyond neuroscience, including education policy, therapeutic approaches to developmental disorders or strategies for recovery from brain injury in adulthood.
Have you ever wondered why some people hear in color? Here is a press release summarizing a study by CIFAR Child Brain Development co-Director Takao Hensch, Associate Fellow Janet Werker and colleagues. Read their latest paper on the subject at pubmed!
The Hensch lab has the distinct honor to grace both the front/back cover of the 2019 MCB brochure. We constantly strive for diversity; both in research interests and the people conducting it. Be sure to check out the list of MCB head tutors, advisors, contact info for outreach programs, and more here: MCB_undergraduates_brochure_2019.
The whole world is talking about us! “C’est parti pour le lifting cérébral“, Science & Vie, June 2019, Elsa Abdoun writes about our exciting research over the summer.
“NMDA 2A receptors in parvalbumin cells mediate sex-specific rapid
ketamine response on cortical activity” has just been published by Drs. T. Hensch, N. Picard, A. Takesian, and M. Fagiolini in this month’s edition of Molecular Psychiatry. Read about it in Harvard MCB Department news along with the article.
The Boston Children’s Hospital’s science and clinical innovation blog Vector (February 2019 by Nancy Fliesler), features the new paper titled “NMDA 2A receptors in parvalbumin cells mediate sex-specific rapid ketamine response on cortical activity”.
Read the Vector blog entitled “How the antidepressant ketamine rapidly awakens the brain and why its effects vary more in women”
A perineuronal nets image and explaining their role in learning, memory, plasticity, and more can be found in the October PNAS, Core Concepts article titled, ‘Perineuronal nets gain prominence for their role in learning, memory, and plasticity‘, written by Helen H. Shen.
Curious about people who speak dozens of languages and if brain plasticity is involved? Check out the September 2018 edition of The New Yorker where Professor Takao K. Hensch has some input. (Judith Thurman The New Yorker staff writer)
“Seizures may damage learning capacity of rodent brains”, by Jessica Wright in the July 2018 edition of Spectrumnews.org features and highlights the latest publication by Sun H, et al. Cell Rep. 23, 2533-2540 (2018)
Takao K. Hensch who spoke at the AAAS in Austin, Texas meeting, lends critical research thinking to The Guardian article, “Scientists seek drug to ‘rewire’ adult brain after stroke“ (Nicola Davis, Feb. 2018).
Takao K. Hensch awarded the 2016 Mortimer D. Sackler, M.D. Prize for Distinguished Achievement in Developmental Psychobiology. “How Early Life Experience Shapes Brain Function”
Columbia University Medical Center Press Release
Weill Cornell Press Release
“New Treatment for Rett Syndrome Targets Cerebrospinal Fluid“, by Nicholette Zeliadt, Nov. 15, 2016 SpectrumNews.org features Professor Hensch and his lab while at the 2016 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in San Diego.
Header based on research image of Luke Bogart, Dawen Cai, Jeff Lichtman & Takao Hensch.