Breakthrough Discoveries

Top neuroscientists to speak at Cornell Neurotech symposium

The second annual Cornell Neurotech Mong Family Foundation Symposium on Sept. 22 will feature three renowned neuroscientists who will discuss their research and techniques exploring the brain: Edward Boyden, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Catherine Dulac,...
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NeuroNex—a Radical Collaboration

An engineer and a neuroscientist gathered a group of Cornell scientists and engineers to tackle a frontier of science—the brain. Now, they form a hub. by Jackie Swift, CornellResearch Read the article and learn more...
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$9M grant will create neurotech research hub at Cornell

Aug. 1, 2017 By Syl Kacapyr for the Cornell Chronicle Read the full Chronicle here Syl Kacapyr is public relations and content manager for the College of Engineering. Photo by Robyn Wishna. Principal investigators for the Cornell Neurotechnology NeuroNex Hub. From...
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3-photon imaging of mouse brain activity is published in Nature Methods

  Dimitre G Ouzounov, Tianyu Wang, et al.  record spontaneous activity from up to 150 neurons in the hippocampal stratum pyramidale at ~1-mm depth within an intact mouse brain. Using three-photon microscopy at 1,300-nm excitation, the authors of a recently...
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Revealing a circuit in the brain responsible for a behavioral choice

Brains are used to make behavioral choices about what to do next. Animals with two sides, including humans, constantly make choices about whether to respond to the left or right. Do they look left, or look right; turn left or right; reach left or right? Surprisingly,...
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Novel imaging of the degeneration underlying illnesses such as multiple sclerosis to allow for faster development of treatment strategies

Normal brain function depends on wrappings of nerve cells by myelin which enhances the speed of conduction of electrical information in the brain and spinal cord.  Disruptions of myelin are the source of the devastating movement problems with vision and movement in...
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A new tool probes the inner workings of the brain

The application of three-photon microscopy allows for the visualization of the normal structure and function of single neurons deep in the living brain of mice, one of the most important model animals in neuroscience.  Watching structure and function over time is...
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Watching re-growing neurons inside the spinal cord to directly test treatments for spinal injury

Chronic imaging paperLooking deeply into living spinal cord of an animal over months will allow one to literally watch the efficacy of treatments for spinal cord injury.  It also opens the possibility of watching the  activity of neuronal circuits that generated...
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About Us

Cornell Neurotech, a joint initiative between the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Engineering, launched in 2015 thanks to a multimillion dollar seed grant from the Mong Family Foundation, through Stephen Mong ’92, MEN ’93, MBA ’02.

Cornell Neurotech is developing technologies and powerful new tools needed to reveal the inner workings of the brain, with a particular focus on how individual brain cells and complex neural circuits interact at the speed of thought. Solving the mystery of how circuits in the brain produce behavior, thoughts and feelings is one of the most important scientific frontiers in the 21st century, providing the foundation for understanding such profound behavioral deficits as Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and depression. Making headway on these problems requires major technological innovation and its application to reveal the basics of brain organization and its function and dysfunction.  Cornell Neurotech aims to fill that gap by developing and applying technologies emerging at the interfaces between physics, engineering, chemistry, computer science and the life sciences.

The Cornell Neurotech collaboration grew from grassroots faculty interest, spearheaded by Joseph Fetcho, a professor of neurobiology and behavior and Chris Xu, a professor of applied and engineering physics, that received initial support from the Kavli Institute and its director, Paul McEuen. The announcement of  President Obama’s BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative to accelerate the development and application of neurotechnologies led the faculty group to turn their grassroots effort into a more formal program. Eventually funded by the Mong Family Foundation, the group launched the cross-campus Cornell Neurotech collaboration. Xu and Fetcho were named co-directors.

Events

2017 Mong Family Foundation Symposium

Symposium Schedule

The Second Annual Cornell Neurotech Mong Family Foundation Symposium will feature  Edward Boyden of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Catherine Dulac of Harvard University, and Thomas Jessell of Columbia University.
Friday, September 22, 2017
G10 Biotechnology Building
Time: 1:30 pm- 5:00pm, reception to follow

For more information email: neurotech@cornell.edu