Using light to control nerve cells in brain

The first HFSP Nakasone Award was conferred upon Karl Deisseroth at the HFSP Awardees Meeting held in Kovalam, Kerala, India in November 2010. Science writer N. Gopal Raj talked to him during the meeting. The following is reprinted from the national Indian newspaper The Hindu with kind permission of N. Gopal Raj and The Hindu.

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First HFSP Nakasone Award to Karl Deisseroth
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Body Self Perception

Tilt your head forward and take a look at your body. How do you know that this body belongs to you? How do you actually come to perceive this body as part of yourself? This question has been discussed by philosophers and psychologists for centuries but remained outside the scope of experimental investigation. Henrik Ehrsson and colleagues have been addressing this question from a cognitive neuroscience perspective.

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HFSP Career Development Awardee Henrik Ehrsson
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Facing the challenge - Postdoc Walter Meissl in Japan

During the recent Awardees Meeting in Kerala, India, Guntram Bauer and Martin Reddington from HFSP talked to Walter Meissl, a HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Fellow based at the Atomic Physics Laboratory at the Riken Advanced Science Institute in Saitama.  In this second article on the theme of foreign post-docs in Japan, Walter gives a personal insight into life there. 

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Looking back on the launch of single molecule biophysics

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Multidisciplinary Bioscience – the Stanford Bio-X program

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Crossing the divide - Postdoc Li-Foong Yoong in Japan

The HFSP Fellowship programs send postdocs abroad to broaden their scientific training and expose them to a different scientific culture. Since the start of the Program, very few foreign scientists have elected to spend their postdoctoral time in Japan, despite the outstanding scientific opportunities available there. Here, we present the first of two profiles of HFSP Fellows who are working in Japan.

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