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Neurosciences & Mental Health

Neurosciences & Mental Health

Interim Head: Dr. Lu-Yang Wang

The Neurosciences & Mental Health program (NMH) focuses on the brain and the nervous system in health and disease. Led by Program Head Dr. Michael Salter, our diverse group of researchers includes international leaders in the field of neurosciences and mental health. We investigate both normal development and disorders of the nervous system from a broad range of perspectives in a highly collaborative and interactive environment. The investigators in our program examine the role of genes, proteins and other molecules in brain function to determine the different causes of brain dysfunction and ultimately to develop novel therapies and prevention strategies that substantially improve a child’s quality of life at home, in school and within their environments.

Some current NMH research studies:

  • Developmental and pathological neuroplasticity and neuron-glia interactions
  • Development of sensory systems and pain
  • Cognitive function and dysfunction in model organisms and children
  • Inherited and acquired central nervous system disorders in model organisms and children
  • Functional neuro-imaging and cognitive neuroscience in children
  • Complex neurogenetics disorders, such as, ADHD, autism and learning disabilities
  • Design of (EMPOWER®) program to address the core cognitive barriers that prohibit children from becoming successful readers 

New research may explain loss of early childhood memories

New research from the lab of Dr. Paul Frankland  brings fresh insight into the mystery of infantile amnesia and begins to explain why we have no memories from our earliest years.  In the May 9 edition of Science researchers demonstrate that new neuron formation, or neurogenesis, in the area of the brain where memories are stored, called the hippocampus, is associated with memory loss. Read the full story here

Did You Know?

The International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR) has formulated nomenclature recommendations for ligand-gated ion channels to help standardize classification of the major receptor and ion channel systems in the human genome. Read more