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NEI Research News

Thanks to the work of NEI scientists and grantees, we’re constantly learning new information about the causes and treatment of vision disorders. Get the latest updates about their work — along with other news about NEI.

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Illustration of retinal cell types, including midget cells.

Cell types in the eye have ancient evolutionary origins

In a comparative analysis across animals of the many cell types in the retina, researchers concluded that most cell types have an ancient evolutionary history.

Scientists unveil first complete cellular map of adult mouse brain

In a set of 10 papers in Nature, a network of researchers unveiled an atlas cataloging the location and type of every cell in the adult mouse brain.
Microelectrode array and 2-photon microscope.

Human brain organoids implanted into mouse cortex respond to visual stimuli for first time

A team of engineers and neuroscientists has demonstrated for the first time that human brain organoids implanted in mice have established functional connectivity to the animals’ cortex and responded to external sensory stimuli.
Woman crossing a stream in the woods

How the brain interprets motion while in motion

New findings about how the brain interprets sensory information may have applications for treating brain disorders and designing artificial intelligence.
Spencer Smith with microscope in laboratory

A New Microscope for Imaging Neural Circuitry

Researchers from UCSB report the development of a new microscope they describe as “Dual Independent Enhanced Scan Engines for Large field-of-view Two-Photon imaging (Diesel2p),” which provides unprecedented brain-imaging ability.
Layers of the retina as drawn by Ramon y Cajal

Researchers look to the eye for insights about the brain

Researchers seeking to unravel the mysteries of how our amazingly complex brains do what they do, often start with the eye. The retina, the light-sensing tissue at the back of the eye has long been a model for scientists to explore how the brain works.
Grantee News

In the brain, the number of neurons in a network may not matter

A new study indicates that it may be possible to accurately characterize complete neural networks by recording the activity of properly selected samples of 50 neurons or less - an alternative that is much easier to realize.
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NIH announces six funding opportunities for the BRAIN Initiative in fiscal year 2014

The National Institutes of Health is releasing funding opportunities to build a new arsenal of tools and technologies for unlocking the mysteries of the brain.