November 2016: What if the missing memories in amnesia were actually retrievable? After studying in Dublin and Cambridge, Tomás Ryan found his way to the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Tomás dedicates his work to understanding the neuroarchitecture of memory. Through a series of experiments where the memory engrams […]
March 2017: Tomás Ryan (Trinity College Dublin & MIT) discusses how the brain should be considered from an evolutionary perspective rather than a design one — questioning whether memory is like information processed by computers.
June 22, 2017: WIRED: Tech Metaphors are Holding Back Brain Research STARING DOWN A packed room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown San Francisco this March, Randy Gallistel gripped a wooden podium, cleared his throat, and presented the neuroscientists sprawled before him with a conundrum. “If the brain computed the way people think it […]
December 7, 2016: By José Miguel Diniz. As a part of the 3rd BEB Symposium, in Coimbra, Portugal, José Miguel Diniz and Ana Cunha, from Porto Biomedical Journal, interviewed MIT Research Professor Tomás Ryan on some topics regarding your research on memory and engram cells, delving into the problems of the current scientific investigation, as well […]
October 2016 Video forthcoming – please check back soon.
March 19, 2016: The Economist: Missing memories have been restored in mice with Alzheimer’s disease. SOME mice can easily remember where they hide food, but not those genetically engineered to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Like humans they become forgetful. By the time these mice are seven months old they are unable to remember, for example, which […]
May 29, 2015: The Guardian. Study challenges understanding of how memory functions, with researchers finding past memories could simply be ‘lost’ rather than ‘erased’. Researchers have gained new understanding on the workings of amnesia through research that used light to revive lost memories in mice, a study published Thursday reported. Amnesia remains a controversial subject […]
May 29, 2015: Washington Post: New research shows that “lost” memories lurk in the brain waiting to be found again — in mice, anyway. In a study published Thursday in Science, researchers were able to reactivate memories they’d suppressed, indicating that retrograde amnesia — where memories are lost after brain trauma — may be more […]
May 28, 2015: TIME Magazine Mice certainly aren’t men, but they can teach us a lot about memories. And in the latest experiments, mice are helping to resolve a long-simmering debate about what happens to “lost” memories. Are they wiped out permanently, or are they still there, but just somehow out of reach? Researchers in […]
May 28, 2015: MIT News: Scientists use optogenetics to reactivate memories that could not otherwise be retrieved. Memories that have been “lost” as a result of amnesia can be recalled by activating brain cells with light. In a paper published today in the journal Science, researchers at MIT reveal that they were able to reactivate […]
December 3, 2012: Huffington Post Several “brainy” genes that were duplicated in a tiny sea creature nearly 550 million years ago may have led to the massive expansion in intelligence in vertebrate species, two new studies have found. The studies, published today (Dec. 2) in the journal Nature Neuroscience, suggest this duplication of certain genes […]