Physiology and Biophysics

July 30, 2014

Workshop is first mind-meld of UW, Allen Brain Institute

For the first time, two Seattle powerhouses in brain research are collaborating to teach the next generation of neuroscientists. The University of Washington’s Computational Neuroscience program and the Allen Institute for Brain Science will jointly offer a “Summer Workshop on the Dynamic Brain” Aug. 24 through Sept. 7 at Friday Harbor Laboratories. Students will use…

July 25, 2014

Hacking the Brain to Reveal, Repair, & Rebuild

Seattle Arts & Lectures will sponsor an interdisciplinary lectures series on advances in neuroscience that are revealing the inner workings of the brain. The lectures are being presented in partnership with the University of Washington Alumni Association and The Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the University of Washington and were organized by Adrienne Fairhall on…

July 18, 2014

PBio ranks second in the nation in grant funding

According to the 2013 ACDP analysis of grant funding, the UW Department of Physiology & Biophysics ranked second in total grant funding among Physiology Departments nationwide. During the 2013 calendar, PBIO faculty received almost $11 million in grant support. Based on the same survey, the department ranked second in 2012 and first in 2011.

Greg Horwitz promoted to Associate Professor

Effective July 1, Greg Horwitz has been promoted to Associate Professor of Physiology & Biophysics with tenure. Greg is also Core Staff member of the Washington National Primate Research Center, where his laboratory studies the neural basis of color vision, using gene delivery techniques to manipulate components of the visual system. Congratulations, Greg!

Beth Buffalo leads DARPA-funded program to restore memory loss

Beth Buffalo will lead the University of Washington team in a multi-center $22.5 million, four-year effort to develop next-generation technologies to restore memory function in individuals who suffer from memory loss. The project, which is in support of President Obama’s BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) initiative, will combine research on the basic mechanisms…

Fred Rieke and Adrienne Fairhall elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

Congratulations to Fred and Adrienne on their election to the Washington State Academy of Sciences. Eighteen new members of WSAS were elected this year, 10 from the UW. The WSAS was established in 2005 by Governor Christine Gregoire to provide expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policy making in Washington and to increase…

June 9, 2014

Brainy Plays

Three PBIO faculty members, Eb Fetz, Adrienne Fairhall and Chet Moritz, have collaborated with local playwrights to produce short plays that examine the impact of neural enhancements on what it means to be human. What does it mean to be human? Teams of five scientists and five local playwrights offer insights into that question in…

April 1, 2014

Announcing new UW Institute for Neuroengineering (UWIN)

Adrienne Fairhall and Tom Daniel (Biology) are to co-direct a new UW Institute for Neuroengineering (UWIN), thanks to a recent multimillion dollar award from the Washington Research Foundation. One of four new centers to be established on UW campus, the Washington Research Foundation’s mission is to redistribute funds raised through UW patents to research endeavors…

December 9, 2013

This is Your Brain on Art

Read about Eb Fetz’s latest collaboration with non-scientists in DXARTS, an interdisciplinary degree granting center designed to support the emergence of a new generation of hybrid artists. Eb and two faculty members from DXARTS (an artist and an art historian) taught a new course intended to introduce the basics of neuroscience to stimulate new ideas…

November 22, 2013

Chet Moritz and Adrienne Fairhall receive $1.5 million grant for brain-computer interface research

The Paul Allen Family Foundation has awarded a $1.5 million grant over three years to a team of interdisciplinary researchers at the UW. Chet Moritz of Rehabilitation Medicine and Physiology & Biophysics and Adrienne Fairhall of Physiology & Biophysics & Physics, along with Joshua Smith of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering will work…

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