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Mapping the neural circuit of innate responses to odors

18 Jan 2019

Champalimaud Research

Mapping the neural circuit of innate responses to odors

We don’t know why CO2 is such an aversive odor [for fruit flies],“but one reason could be that stressed flies release CO2. – Maria Luísa Vasconcelos

Where is George? Ask this software to look at the crowd

14 Jan 2019

Champalimaud Research

Where is George? Ask this software to look at the crowd

I didn’t believe we could reach those numbers; it was a surprise. I thought there wouldn’t be enough information in the images. – Gonzalo de Polavieja

Life of PI: Searching for the mechanistic explanations of brain function

11 Jan 2019

Champalimaud Research

Life of PI: Searching for the mechanistic explanations of brain function

I feel like I’m still very much searching for a way to describe the essence of what it means to be a living organism in purely physical terms. – Alfonso Renart

Losing neurons can sometimes not be that bad

27 Dec 2018

Champalimaud Research

Losing neurons can sometimes not be that bad

When we started, the current view was that neuronal death must be always detrimental. And much to our surprise, we found that neuronal death actually counteracts [Alzheimer’s] disease – Dina Coelho

Tumour cells conquer territory from their neighbours using a newly discovered mechanism

13 Dec 2018

Champalimaud Research

Tumour cells conquer territory from their neighbours using a newly discovered mechanism

How do tumoural cells replace healthy cells to promote tumour progression? Scientists from the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown and from the Institut Pasteur (Paris, France), identified a mechanism that responds to cell deformation and can be exploited by tumoral cells to squeeze out and kill their neighbours. This mechanism may promote the early expansion of tumours.

Champalimaud Researcher Receives two million euros grant from the European Research Council to study defensive strategies, from neurons to behaviour

29 Nov 2018

Champalimaud Research

Champalimaud Researcher Receives two million euros grant from the European Research Council to study defensive strategies, from neurons to behaviour

Marta Moita, Deputy Director of the Champalimaud Research Programme and group leader of the Behavioural Neuroscience lab at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, in Lisbon – Portugal, was awarded a two million euros grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to advance her innovative work on the neural basis of defensive behaviours.

Science Snapshot: Navigating Virtual Worlds

23 Nov 2018

Champalimaud Research

Science Snapshot: Navigating Virtual Worlds

New video showing how the Sensorimotor Integration lab uses virtual reality to study the brain

The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown is one of the first Academias Gulbenkian do Conhecimento

08 Nov 2018

Champalimaud Research

The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown is one of the first Academias Gulbenkian do Conhecimento

This programme targets children and young people up to 25 years of age, with the goal of creating novel approaches that will equip the participants to successfully navigate our rapidly changing world.

Champalimaud principal investigator receives prestigious award created by Microsoft’s co-founder Paul Allen

30 Oct 2018

Champalimaud Research

Champalimaud principal investigator receives prestigious award created by Microsoft’s co-founder Paul Allen

Henrique Veiga-Fernandes, principal investigator of the Immunophysiology Lab at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown (CCU), is the first Portuguese (as well as the first scientist working in Portugal) ever to receive an Allen Distinguished Investigator award, the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group announced. The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group is a body created by the late Paul Allen, co-founder with Bill Gates of the computer giant Microsoft.

Science Snapshots: Run Faster, Learn Better

22 Oct 2018

Champalimaud Research

Science Snapshots: Run Faster, Learn Better

Short video featuring one of the most recent discoveries by the Neural Circuits and Behaviour Lab.