Using a new technique that allows them to enlarge brain tissue, MIT scientists created these images of neurons in the hippocampus. Image: Fei Chen and Paul Tillberg
January 15, 2015
MIT News has published an article covering the new expansion microscopy technique developed by Prof. Ed Boyden’s lab.
MIT team enlarges brain samples, making them easier to image
New technique enables nanoscale-resolution...
Expansion microscopy enables researchers to resolve details down to about 70 nanometers, while 300 nanometers was the previous limit with a conventional microscope. Images of a mouse brain segment enlarged (right) have greater resolution than those acquired using conventional microscopy without water expansion (left). Credit: Ed Boyden, Fei Chen, Paul Tillberg
January 15, 2015
NSF Press Release 15-002
While most efforts to understand the brain focus on new technologies to magnify small anatomical features, engineers at the MIT-based Center for Brains, Minds and Machines have found a way to make brains...
A week at MIT; Workshop on quantitative methods in biology draws diverse undergrads from across the country.
January 13, 2015
Jessica Fujimori | MIT News correspondent
MIT News published an article on the annual Quantitative Methods Workshop led by Mandana Sassanfar. Pictured above is Prof. Ellen C. Hildreth with students attending the workshop.
Tejas Dattatraya Kulkarni
January 12, 2015
In September 2014, the Siemens Corporation generously established the CBMM Siemens Graduate Fellowship. This fellowship will provide support, for one academic year, to an MIT graduate student whose research is focused on...
Society for Neuroscience
November 7, 2014
SfN Press Release, 11/7/2014
 WASHINGTON, DC — The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) will award the Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience to Tomaso Poggio, PhD, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology...
Tomaso Poggio
November 7, 2014
Tomaso Poggio receives Swartz Prize for theoretical and computational neuroscience
Director of NSF-funded Center for Brains, Minds and Machines recognized for his work developing computational models of the human visual system...
October 14, 2014

Prof. Tomaso Poggio was quoted in a recent Science article:
Helping robots see the big picture:
A computational approach called deep learning has transformed machine vision
By John Bohannon,
Science, October 10, 2014 • VOL 346...
October 10, 2014
September 30, 2014
The New York Times today covered the White House’s continuing  commitment to and update on the Brain Initiative:
“The Obama administration plans to announce Tuesday that it has...
“Watch Nancy’s Brain get Zapped with TMS” This video demonstrates Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, with Prof. Kanwisher as the subject.
October 3, 2014
Prof. Nancy Kanwisher has created a great website, entitled “Nancy’s Brain Talks“,  with short educational videos demonstrating a variety of scientific methods employed by neuroscientists.
Videos cover a wide array of topics,...
Photo credit: James Duncan Davidson
October 3, 2014
A neural portrait of the human mind.
TED2014, Filmed Mar 2014
Brain imaging pioneer Nancy Kanwisher, who uses fMRI scans to see activity in brain regions (often her own), shares what she and her colleagues have learned: The...