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  • The Steven S. Hsiao Memorial Symposium

    Friday, October 10th, 2014  9am-5pm

    Mason Hall Auditorium (Johns Hopkins University, Homewood Campus)

  • Congratulations to Andrea Megill, Ph.D.

    Andrea Megill, a graduate student in the Neuroscience program, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation from Hey-Kyoung Lee’s lab on August 27, 2014.  Her dissertation seminar was titled “Metaplasticity in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease and Possible Therapeutic Interventions.”  Congratulations, Andrea!

  • Congratulations to Siavash Vaziri, Ph.D.

    Siavash Vaziri, a graduate student in the Biomedical Engineering program, successfully defended his doctoral dissertation from Ed Connor’s lab on July 24, 2014.  His dissertation was titled “Channels for Object and Environmental Shape in Macaque Inferotemporal Cortex.”  Congratulations, Sia!

  • In Memoriam





    If you would like to submit remembrances of Steve (words and/or photos) to be posted to a memorial web page please send them to



  • MBI Researcher Edits Book                                 


    A book co-edited by MBI Professor Ernst Niebur was just published by Wiley.  The volume, titled “Criticality in Neural Systems,” contains contributions by the field’s foremost authorities exploring the computational theory of criticality and how it pertains to understanding the functions of the brain from experimental and theoretical approaches.


  • Research from MBI published in Nature Neuroscience


    A new article from the Knierim laboratory was appeared in  Nature Neuroscience.  The paper demonstrated that place fields of the hippocampus could be formed or strengthened in a one-trial manner tied to a specific investigatory experience of a rat.  This phenomenon may be related to the known role of the hippocampus in episodic memory formation in humans.

    Joseph D Monaco, Geeta Rao, Eric D Roth & James J Knierim.  Attentive scanning behavior drives one-trial potentiation of hippocampal place fields. Nature Neuroscience  17, 725–731 (2014).

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  • New Book Edited by MBI Researcher                                   

    A book edited by MBI Professor Jim Knierim was just published by Springer.  The volume, titled “Space, Time and Memory in the Hippocampal Formation,” is a collection of chapters by international researchers investigating how the hippocampus encodes space and time and, in interaction with other brain structures, uses these resentations to underlie declarative memory.


  • New grant awarded to MBI researcher


    MBI Director Ed Connor was awarded a new 4-year grant from the National Eye Institute to study how the visual cortex represents environmental shapes. The title of the grant is "Neural Coding of 3D Object and Place Structure in Two Cortical Pathways"


  • Research from MBI published in Neuron, featured on NPR


    A research article from the Lee Laboratory of MBI and collaborators at the University of Maryland appeared in the journal Neuron. This work, which demonstrated that visual deprivation can change the physiological properties of neurons in auditory cortex, was covered by NPR's All Things Considered (


    Emily Petrus, Amal Isaiah, Adam P. Jones, David Li, Hui Wang, Hey-Kyoung Lee, and Patrick O. Kanold (2014) Crossmodal Induction of Thalamocortical Potentiation Leads to Enhanced Information Processing in the Auditory Cortex. Neuron. Published online Feb 5, 2014 (


    See also coverage in JHU's HUB (

  • Research from MBI highlighted in This Week in Psychological Science


    A recent research article by the Hsiao Laboratory and JHU School of Medicine collaborators was highlighted in the weekly newsletter to members of the Association for Psychological Science.


    JM Yau, P Celnik, SS Hsiao, JE Desmond (2014) Feeling Better: Separate Pathways for Targeted Enhancement of Spatial and Temporal Touch. Psychol. Sci. Published online before print January 3, 2014, doi: 10.1177/0956797613511467.


  • Hsiao Laboratory awarded new grant on neural prosthetic research


    Congratulations to the Hsiao laboratory, which was awarded a new grant from the National Institutes of Health entitled Sensory Feedback for Upper Limb Neuroprosthetics

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