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Neurosciences & Mental Health

Neurosciences & Mental Health

Interim Head: Dr. Lu-Yang Wang

Research in the Neurosciences & Mental Health program aims to uncover the mechanisms regulating development and plasticity of complex neural systems in animal models and humans by applying a wide spectrum of approaches including molecular genetics, electrophysiology, behavior, cognition and neuroimaging. Our ultimate goal is to translate discoveries to innovative solutions for mitigating and curing brain diseases in children.

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