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Harvard scientists are among those who will receive more than $150 million in funding over the next five years through the National Institute of Health’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. This marks part of an effort to gain insight into the workings of the brain.

Unraveling the brain’s secrets

Harvard researchers among those receiving more than $150 million in funding from the NIH BRAIN Initiative


A panel at the Harvard Chan School discussed new options to reduce the statistic that has 1 in 11 Americans with diabetes. Professor Sara Bleich (third from left) suggested a food policy that would make consumers less dependent on willpower alone. Other panelists included Howard Wolpert (from left), Elizabeth Halprin, and LaShawn McIver.

Hitting diabetes where we eat

Taxes, calorie counts should be part of more aggressive attack against epidemic, experts say


Life of the party

Microbial palettes and patterns make strange, spectacular slideshow


“Although previous work has shown how intermittent fasting can slow aging, we are only beginning to understand the underlying biology,” said William Mair, associate professor at Harvard Chan School. Mitochondrial networks in the muscle cells of C. elegans (pictured) have been key elements in the study.

In pursuit of healthy aging

Harvard study shows how intermittent fasting and manipulating mitochondrial networks may increase lifespan


A Lasioglossum albipes (pictured) from the bee family halictidae. Certain species in the family are solitary, others live in social groups, and still others, such as L. albipes, can produce both social and solitary forms.

Bees, social and solitary

Study reveals underlying genetic basis for halictid bee communication and social behavior


Harvard biologist Jonathan Losos, pictured handling an American Crocodile skull at the MCZ, talks about his new book, “Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution.”

A new era in the study of evolution

‘Improbable Destinies’ author Jonathan Losos on Darwin, Gould, and how field experiments have transformed his discipline


Juliana Cohen, assistant professor of nutrition at the Chan School, says healthy school lunches, and more time to eat them, can have long-term effects on students' academic performance.

A long way from PBJ

Nutritious school lunches gain favor with students, Harvard expert says, as some districts hire chefs to assure food is tasty, too