Monthly Archives: March 2016

Feng Zhang receives 2016 Canada Gairdner International Award

Broad/MIT scientist among five honored as pioneers of CRISPR-Cas9 system. Source: [The Broad Institute | March 23, 2016] Feng Zhang, a core institute member of the Broad Institute, an investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, and W. M. Keck Career Development Associate Professor in MIT’s Department […]

Feng Zhang, the W M Keck CD Assistant Professor in Biomedical Eng, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Core Member, Broad Institute at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA. © Bryce Vickmark. All rights reserved. 617.448.6758

The brain’s thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN), highlighted in the center, is responsible for blocking out distracting sensory input. "For autism, schizophrenia, and other neurodevelopmental disorders, it seems like TRN dysfunction may be involved in some patients,” Guoping Feng says. |  Illustration: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT

Study reveals a basis for attention deficits

Study reveals a basis for attention deficits New findings could help scientists develop treatments for ADHD and other disorders. Source: [Anne Trafton | MIT News Office, March 23, 2016]   More than 3 million Americans suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a condition that usually emerges in childhood and can […]

Toward a better understanding of the brain

Genome-editing pioneer Feng Zhang hopes his work will shed light on neurological disorders. Source: [Anne Trafton | MIT News Office, March 22, 2016] In 2011, about a month after joining the MIT faculty, Feng Zhang attended a talk by Harvard Medical School Professor Michael Gilmore, who studies the pathogenic bacteriumEnteroccocus. The […]

“I was always interested in biology but I felt that it’s important to get a solid training in chemistry and physics,” Feng Zhang says.

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