News & Press

MIT News: Neuroscientists decrypt the sleeping brain to reveal hidden memories (August 2016)

The brain connects sensory information from the environment to our subjective experiences, resulting in our perceptions, emotions, and memories. However, our brains need to disconnect — i.e., sleep — from the noisy sensory world...
[MIT News article]
[Scientific Reports paper]

Mouse brain as a switchboard in attention and sleep (August 2014)

At every waking moment, your brain is juggling two very different sets of information. Input from the world around you, like sights and smells, has to be processed. But so does internal information — your memories and thoughts. Right now, for example, I’m looking at a peach: It’s yellow and pink, and has a lot of fuzz...
[Washington Post article]
[Science Daily article]
[Medical Daily article]
[Medical Xpress article]
[Cell paper with video]

Our J. Neurophysiology paper is on Twitter (April 2018)

Our Innovative Methodology article describes a new approach to sequential change-point detection. Read: "Real-time particle filtering and smoothing algorithms for detecting abrupt changes in neural ensemble spike activity."...
[Journal of Neurophysiology paper ]

NSF-NCS award press release (September 2018)

We are among one of 18 NSF-NCS (Neural and Cognitive Systems) Awards in the country. The awards contribute to NSF's investments in support of Understanding the Brain and the BRAIN Initiative, a coordinated research effort that seeks to accelerate the development of new neurotechnologies.
[NSF Website]

MIT News: Press story for Cell Reports paper (December 2018)

The ability to so robustly track the rat’s spatial representations in real-time opens the door to a whole new class of experiments, the researchers said. They predict these experiments will produce new insights into learning, memory, navigation and cognition by allowing them to not only decode rat thinking as it happens, but also to instantaneously intervene and study the effects of those perturbations...
[MIT News article]
[Cell Reports paper]

August 22, 2018: Helen was awarded by the NYU Training Program in Computational Neuroscience (TPCN) Scholarship for undergraduate students. Congratulations, Helen!
August 2, 2018: Our NSF-NCS (Neural and Cognitive Systems) grant has been recommended for funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study closed-loop neuromodulation for chronic pain.
July 12, 2018: Our lab has been awarded a new 5-year NIH-CRCNS R01 award from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), with research focusing on sleep and memory.
May 2018: Xinling Guo has been awarded a scholarship from the China Scholar Council (CSC), she will join the lab in October.
April 2018: Professor Chen has won the "Dean's List" honor from the NYU School of Medicine for his exceptional research contribution.
April 2018: David Rosenberg has won the prestigious 2018 Irene & Eric Simon (IES) Brain Research Foundation Summer Rolf Weil Fellowship! Congratulations, David!
January 2018: The book "Dynamic Neuroscience" (Springer) coedited by Professor Chen and his former colleague Dr. Sarma was in press. The book came out from a sympoisum in honor of Professor Emery Brown's 60th birthday held in September, 2017 at MIT.
January 2018: Professor Chen delivered an invited talk on closed-loop neuromodulation on chronic pain at the annual North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) meeting held in Las Vegas.
November 2017: Professor Chen visited and lectured at the School of Mathematical Sciences at Peking University, Beijing.
November 2017: Professor Chen visited and lectured at the Etkin Laboratory at Stanford University School of Medicine.
June 2017: Professor Chen speaked at the first NYU Computational Neuroscience Sympoisum--a part of the Training Program in Computational Neuroscience funded by the NIH.
April 2017: Professor Chen visited and lectured at NERF/KU Leuven at Belgium.
March 2017: Professor Chen visited and lectured at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University.
September 2016: Professor Chen gave an invited lecture at the Center for Neuroengineering and Computation of Columbia University.
July 11, 2016: Our lab has been awarded the first NIH-CRCNS R01 award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), studying circuit mechanisms of acute pain.