Profiles

Portraits of scientists who are making a mark on neuroscience

A photograph of Paul-Antoine Libourel.
Sleep Microphone

At the end of the earth with Paul-Antoine Libourel

The French researcher’s accomplishments working with chinstrap penguins in the Antarctic highlight the importance of recording sleep in the wild.

By Yves Sciama
11 June 2024 | 18 min listen

Larry Young built bridges with his social neuroscience research

Known for his work bringing oxytocin studies to the mainstream, Young died unexpectedly last month.

By Angie Voyles Askham
10 April 2024 | 7 min read
Black-and-white photograph of William Catterall in a lab.

The legacy of William Catterall, ‘father of ion channels’

Catterall, who characterized the structure, function and regulation of sodium and calcium channels crucial for neuronal excitability, died last month at the age of 77.

By Calli McMurray
12 March 2024 | 7 min read
Maiken Nedergaard, Britta Engelhardt and Christer Betsholtz on a floating rock island with university facilities and abstract shapes.

Maiken Nedergaard’s power of disruption

The award-winning researcher’s discoveries have changed the way we think about the brain; that’s exactly what her critics dislike.

By Emily Sohn
26 February 2024 | 25 min listen
Portrait of scientist Sheena Josselyn behind a window, with a reflection over her face.

Sheena Josselyn and memories lost, found and created

Her hunt for the engram opened a new avenue in memory research.

By Alla Katsnelson
30 January 2024 | 13 min read
A photograph of Peter Schiller

Remembering Peter Schiller, principled pioneer of vision research

Schiller, best known for his research on how the superior colliculus controls eye movements, died last month at the age of 92.

By Angie Voyles Askham
16 January 2024 | 8 min read
Photograph of Ashley Kopec.

Ashley Kopec’s journey out of academia

The former associate professor of neuroscience is not one to shy away from a challenge, including embarking on a new career at the National Institutes of Health.

By Angie Voyles Askham
12 December 2023 | 12 min read
Sunlit portrait photograph of Christine Wu Nordahl.

Christine Wu Nordahl, doing whatever it takes to get good data

The head of the Autism Phenome Project has deepened the pool of study participants and helped overhaul the culture of the MIND Institute.

By Laura Dattaro
23 November 2023 | 13 min read
Illustrated portrait of Amy Wetherby.
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Amy Wetherby: Impatient for progress

A speech-language pathologist by training, Wetherby has spent more than four decades developing tools to help identify and treat autism early; now her work has taken on a more personal sense of urgency.

By Daisy Yuhas
26 July 2023 | 13 min read
Dorothy Bishop stands in a dark room wearing a turquoise shirt.
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Retraction, She Wrote: Dorothy Bishop’s life after research

A renowned researcher’s eye for detail has given her a second career and a new following.

By Shaena Montanari
12 June 2023 | 11 min listen

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Building an autism research registry: Q&A with Tony Charman

A purpose-built database of participants who have shared genomic and behavioral data could give clinical trials a boost, Charman says.

By Cathleen O’Grady
25 July 2024 | 8 min read

Cerebellar circuit may convert expected pain relief into real thing

The newly identified circuit taps into the brain’s opioid system to provide a top-down form of pain relief.

By Angie Voyles Askham
24 July 2024 | 6 min read
Research image of a variety of brain atlases.

New ‘decoder’ tool translates functional neuroimaging terms across labs

The compendium of brain-parcellation atlases makes it possible to compare large-scale network data, which often involves different and overlapping network names.

By Holly Barker
23 July 2024 | 4 min read