ION Structure
ION Quarterly Report
Researchers Reveal Periaqueductal Gray Neuronal Activities Underlying Differentaspects of Defensive Behaviors (2016-7-21)
To explore the exact role of PAG in defensive behaviors, Dr. WANG Zuoren’s lab first examined the behavioral effects of optogenetic activation of dorsal PAG in mice. They found that optogenetic activation of neurons in the dorsal PAG was sufficient to induce a series of defensive responses (including running, freezing, and avoidance).
TMC gene regulates Drosophila larval locomotion (2016-7-11)
In a recent paper entitled “Transmembrane channel-like (tmc) gene regulates Drosophila larval locomotion” publishedin PNAS USA on June 28th, the research teams of Dr. WANG Zuo-Ren at the Institute of Neuroscience and Dr. JAN Yuh-Nung at UCSF reported that Drosophila TMC regulates fly larval locomotion. Locomotion requires peripheral sensory feedback from mechanosensitive proprioceptors. The molecular mechanisms underlying this proprioceptive locomotion control are largely unknown.
Dr. Wei Wang was promoted to Senior Investigator at ION (2016-6-23)
Based on recommendations of the International Academic Review Committee, ION senior investigators have voted anonymously to promote Dr. Wei Wang to ION senior investigator.
Neuroscientist Mu-ming Poo Receives $500,000 Gruber Neuroscience Prize for His Pioneering and Inspiring Work on Synaptic Plasticity (2016-6-8)
June 7, 2016, New Haven, CT Mu-Ming Poo, PhD, a world-renowned researcher whose innovative work has helped unravel some of the most important mysteries in cellular neuroscience, is the recipient of the 2016 Gruber Neuroscience Prize.
The 7th Academic Review of ION PIs and the 8th International Advisory Board Meeting were held in Shanghai (2016-6-2)
From May 30 to June 1, the 7th Academic Review of ION PIs and the 8th International Advisory Board Meeting were held in Shanghai.In the afternoon of June 1st, committee members gave talks in the Shanghai Symposium on Frontiers of Neuroscience organized by ION.
Baibing Zhang from Jiulin Du’s lab won a poster prize in CSHAsia Conference (2016-5-24)
The Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference – “Development, Function and Disease of Neural Circuits” was held in Suzhou from May 16th to 20th, 2016. Baibing Zhang from Jiulin Du’s lab in the Institute of Neuroscience won the first prize in poster presentation at this conference. Her study is entitled “Habenula mediates light-preference behavior in zebrafish via receiving direct visual inputs”.
Causal Link between Vertical ZIKV Infection and Malformation of Fetal Brain Established (2016-5-13)
Recently, a collaborative work between research teams of Dr. LUO Zhenge at Institute of Neuroscience and Dr. QIN Chengfeng has established the causal link between maternal ZIKV infection and malformation of the fetal brain in a mouse model. They show that maternally infected ZIKV can cross the mouse placental barrier, infect radial glial cells of the fetal brain .
Distributed Representation of Curvilinear Self-Motion in Macaque Parietal Cortex (2016-4-22)
In a recent study published online on April 21st in Cell reports, Dr. GU's lab at the Institute of Neuroscience, unveiled that single neurons in three cortical areas: the dorsal portion of the medial superior temporal area (MSTd), ventral intraparietal area (VIP), and visual posterior sylvian fissure (VPS), can integrate the translation and rotation signals with linear weights to represent curvilinear self-motion perception.
Dr. Jiulin Du gave an invited talk at the International Neuroscience Conference “Linking cellular properties to neuronal network dynamics” in France (2016-4-20)
During April 16 – 18, Dr. Jiulin Du was invited to attend an international neuroscience symposium on “Linking cellular properties to neuronal network dynamics” held in Marseille, France, and gave a talk entitled “Mapping neural circuits with a whole-brain scale by using larval zebrafish”.
Sonic hedgehog is a regulator of extracellular glutamate levels and epilepsy (2016-4-12)
In a recent study, researchers at the Institute of Neuroscience, reported that sonic hedgehog (Shh) inhibits glutamate transporter activities in neurons to rapidly enhance extracellular glutamate levels and affect the development of epilepsy.
Workshop on "The Future of Brain & Cognition" was held at Institute of Neuroscience (2016-4-6)
From March 31st to April 1st, the Workshop on "The Future of Brain & Cognition" was held at the Institute of Neuroscience (ION). This workshop was organized by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
Institute of Neuroscience Mini-Course on “Scientific Communication, Integrity and Innovation” (2016-3-18)
From February 23 to March 17, the ION Mini-Course on “Scientific Communication, Integrity and Innovation” was held in the SIBS main lecture hall by Prof. Mu-ming Poo (ION). More than 200 researchers attended the classes, mostly students from ION and including some were from other SIBS institutes.
Representation of Pinna Illusory and Physical Rotations in Human MST (2016-3-17)
The laboratories of Drs GU Yong, WANG Zheng, and WANG Wei, have collaborated closely to solve the above ‘where’ question, i.e. which visual brain mediates the Pinna illusion, a prerequisite for gaining further insights intothe ‘how’ question, i.e. how neurons in the visual brain integrate local visual cues to form a global representation of a compelling movement illusion.
Identification of V2 Neuronal Receptive Field in Awake Monkey (2016-2-23)
A recent study published online on February16th in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrated the fine spatial structure of neuronal receptive field (RF) in awake monkey secondary visual cortex (V2),using electrophysiological recording and computational modeling.
Transgenic Monkeys Overexpressing Human Mecp2 Gene Exhibit Autism-Like Behaviors and Germline Transmission (2016-1-26)
A recent study published in Nature demonstrated that transgenic monkeys overexpressing human autism-related gene MECP2 exhibited autism-like behaviors and germ-line transmission. This work was performed by researchers in Dr. QIU Zilong’s Lab and Dr. SUN Qiang’s team.
[6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Copyright © 2006-2016 INSTITUTE OF NEUROSCIENCE. All Rights Reserved.

320 Yue Yang Road Shanghai, 200031 P.R.China
Tel:86-21-54921723 Fax:86-21-54921735

Contact Us