Prof. Jack Feldman publishes Science paper on “Breathing control center neurons that promote arousal in mice”


Feb 16, 2018

Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have, for the first time, coaxed human stem cells to become sensory interneurons — the cells that give us our sense of touch. The new protocol could be a step toward stem cell–based therapies to restore sensation in paralyzed people who have lost feeling in parts of their body.

The study, which was led by Samantha Butler, a UCLA associate professor of neurobiology and member of the Broad Stem Cell Research Center, was published today in the journal Stem Cell Reports.


Feb 16, 2018

UCLA Neurobiology will be hosting an afternoon memorial symposium for Earl Eldred on April 19, 2018 at the Faculty Center.

Feb 16, 2018

Jean de Vellis, passed away on Sunday after a brief illness. Jean started his career at UCLA in 1965 as an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and retired 50 years later, in 2015, as a Distinguished Professor. Notably, he directed the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) at UCLA. As a joint faculty in Neurobiology, he was an active participant in the intellectual and educational life. His technical and scholarly contributions positively impacted our department and the broad neuroscience community. He was a pioneer in defining the molecular events...

Sep 19, 2017

A recent study led by Samantha Butler in the Department of Neurobiology at UCLA has overturned a common belief about how a certain class of proteins in the spinal cord regulate the formation of nervous system cells—called neurons—during embryonic development. These findings could one day inform the creation of stem cell-based therapies that restore the sense of touch in paralyzed patients.
The study was published in the journal eLife, which was founded in part by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Bone morphogenetic proteins—also known as BMPs—play a key role in human...

Aug 04, 2017

After a lengthy illness, our colleague and friend, John Lu passed away at the UCLA Ronald Regan Medical Center. John had a long career at UCLA and had a joint appointment in the Departments of Neurobiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology. He was a reproductive neuroendocrinologist and was a founding member of the Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology along with Charles “Tom” Sawyer, Roger Gorski, Arthur Arnold and Anna Taylor. John received his PhD from Michigan State University, and after a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburg, he came west, first to UC San Diego and then...

May 15, 2017

11th Annual Dynamics of Neural Microcircuits Symposium

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

9 am - 5 pm, NRB Auditorium

Apr 25, 2017

Meera Pratap, Ph.D., Researcher in Neurobiology publishes NATURE article on, “Antisense oligonucleotide therapy for spinocerebellar ataxia type 2.” Nature, April 20, 2017,

Apr 19, 2017

New research by scientists at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA overturns a long-standing paradigm about how axons — thread-like projections that connect cells in the nervous system — grow during embryonic development. The findings of the study, led by Samantha Butler, Associate Professor of Neurobiology, could help scientists replicate or control the way axons grow, which may be applicable for diseases that affect the nervous system, such as diabetes, as well as injuries that sever nerves...