On The Brain
The Institute has published On The Brain since 1992.
For the curious non-scientist, On The Brain deciphers how the human brain works by highlighting the leading-edge research of neuroscientists at Harvard Medical School and its affiliated teaching hospitals.
The e-newsletter, published four times a year is sponsored by the Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute.
Winter 2019 Issue
Abandonment and the Brain
Studying the impact of adverse early experiences—extreme deprivation, neglect, and toxic stress, for example—on brain development and how these experiences can hamper a young person’s learning, behavior, and physical and mental health. Read more »
Faculty First Person with Lauren Orefice, PhD
My lab focuses on understanding the development and function of somatosensory circuits, which are responsible for encoding the sense of touch. Read more »
In the News
New Player in Human Aging
The brain’s neural activity, long implicated in disorders ranging from dementia to epilepsy, plays a role in human aging and life span, according to research led by scientists in the Blavatnik Institute at HMS. Read more »
Solving the Mystery of Autism
A new research center at HMS aims to identify the biologic roots and molecular changes that give rise to autism and related disorders with the goal of informing the development of better diagnostic tools and new therapies. Read more »
A new study led by HMS investigators based at Massachusetts General Hospital provides insights into why some people may be more resistant to Alzheimer’s disease than others. The findings may lead to strategies to delay or prevent the condition. Read more »