New Treatment for Rett Syndrome Targets Cerebrospinal Fluid“, by Nicholette Zeliadt, Nov. 15, 2016 features Professor Hensch and his lab while at the 2016 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in San Diego
The New York Times: “Return to the Teenage Brain” by Richard Freidman  October 8, 2016Photo courtesy: The NYTimes, Harry Campbell 10/08/16
Dr. Hensch In the News:
Hensch BBCBBC World Service:
The Forum – Plasticity >>

Aired May 19th. “Bridget Kendall and guests consider plasticity from several viewpoints: Aurora Robson is an artist who works with plastic garbage, Sujata Kundu a nanochemist who analyses plasticity at the level of atoms and electrons, and Takao Hensch a neuroscientist investigating whether it’s possible to recreate youth-like plasticity in an adult brain.”
Aeon Magazine Interviews Dr. Hensch:
The Elastic Brain
A child’s brain can master anything from language to music. Can neuroscience extend that genius across the lifespan?
by Rebecca Boyle, February 27, 2015

Circadian rhythms outside the brain’s central pacemaker may control the trajectory of brain plasticity
Learn more >>
Read the full story in Neuron >>

rescuing sensory integration in MOUSE MODELS OF AUTISM

Courtesy of Nadine Gogolla

Courtesy of Nadine Gogolla

Many people with autism display atypical sensory processing, and in independent studies, abnormalities in a deep brain structure known as the insula. A new study from the Hensch lab reveals that across four different mouse models of autism, the development of sound-touch integration—important for social play in rodents—is impaired. This impairment reflects deficits in inhibitory circuit maturation in the insula and can be rescued by boosting inhibitory neurotransmission early in brain development.

Original journal article in Neuron, Sensory integration in mouse insular cortex reflects GABA circuit maturation” >>

Harvard Gazette story, “Help for halting autism symptoms” >>

Professor Hensch speaks to THE ATLANTIC AND NPR about Takao Hensch‘re-opening’ critical period learning in adulthood

Read the Atlantic Article:
“Toward a Pill That Helps Us Learn as Fast as Kids”

Listen to the interview on WBUR’s “On Point” Show with Tom Ashbrook:
“A Pill for ‘Brain Youth’?”

Listen to the interview on NPR’s Weekend Edition with Linda Wertheimer:
“Want Perfect Pitch? You Might Be Able To Pop A Pill For That”

Read the article in Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience that sparked much of this coverage:
“Valproate reopens critical-period learning of absolute pitch”

Past Stories:
External News & Features
Valium boosts sound-touch integration in autism mouse model
2012 Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative story
The Brain Set Free
2012 ScienceNews feature
Neurodevelopment: Unlocking the Brain
2012 Nature news feature
Damaged Baby Brains—and a Video-Game Fix
2012 Chronicle of Higher Education blog
Vision problems in Rett syndrome could serve as biomarker
2011 Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative story
Making an Old Brain Young
2008 Technology Review article
Plasticity: more than meets the eye
2008 Dana Foundation story

Online Videos

Shaping Neural Circuits by Early Experience
Prof. Hensch’s talk at the 2011 National Academy of Sciences Sackler Colloquium
Critical Periods and Brain Development
Prof. Hensch’s talk at the 2011 One Mind for Research Symposium on Perception

Harvard & Boston Children’s Stories

cropped amblyopia Vector picFrom discovery to trial: A drug that may correct ‘lazy eye’
2013 Boston Children’s research and innovations blog
Rett-syndrome-cells-3Visionary research on Rett syndrome
2012 Boston Children’s research and innovations blog
Shaping Music Preference in Mice
2012 Molecular and Cellular Biology Department news
When Brain Development Goes Awry
2012 Center on the Developing Child at Harvard feature on Conte Center
Neurons in youth
2011 Harvard Gazette story on establishment of Conte Center
Sculpting Sound Space in the Developing Brain
2011 Molecular and Cellular Biology Department news
Breaking into the autistic brain
2010 Boston Children’s web feature
Removing an Endogenous Prototoxin Restores Vision
2010 Molecular and Cellular Biology Department news
Alzheimer’s drugs for lazy eye
2010 Boston Children’s research and innovations blog
GABA Neurons Turn a Blind Eye
2009 Molecular and Cellular Biology Department news
Trigger for brain plasticity identified
2008 Boston Children’s news story