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Brain Trauma Lab
Brain Trauma Lab

The Brain Trauma Lab is aimed at learning how to better treat the millions of children with brain trauma and similar problems, now and in the future.

Brain Tumor Stem Cell Lab
Brain Tumor Stem Cell Lab

The Brain Tumor Stem Cell Lab develops novel therapeutic strategies for glioblastoma through a better understanding of the biological and molecular characteristics of glioblastoma stem cells

Membrane Biology Lab
Membrane Biology Lab

Membrane proteins play critical roles in the brain. The Membrane Biology Lab studies ATP-hydrolyzing enzymes that control sodium, potassium and calcium movements. Molecular, cellular and biochemical approaches are used to study structure, function and physiology. Mutations found in human diseases, such as dystonia, are being studied in mutant mice.

Molecular Neurosurgery Lab
Molecular Neurosurgery Lab

Research in the Molecular Neurosurgery Lab focuses on the use of herpes simplex virus (HSV) vectors for cancer therapy and gene delivery in the nervous system, with the long-term goal being the therapeutic application of these vectors to patients.

Neural Prosthetic Lab
Neural Prosthetic Lab

The Neural Prosthetic Lab seeks to improve the effectiveness of CNS-based neural prosthetics by understanding how and why neurons respond to electric stimulation. We use this knowledge to develop improved methods of stimulation. Projects focus on retinal prosthetics, DBS and other devices.

Neuronal Communication and Restoration Lab
Neuronal Communication and Restoration Lab

The Neuronal Communication and Restoration Lab probes the mechanisms by which individual neurons communicate locally and across cortical areas, and investigate new approaches for reconstituting the line of communication across areas disrupted within the CNS.

Sensorimotor Integration Lab
Sensorimotor Integration Lab

The Sensorimotor Integration Lab explores the influence of basal ganglia in adaptive learning and motor control in subjects undergoing surgery for movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, while awake.

Translational Brain Tumor Immunology Lab
Translational Brain Tumor Immunology Lab

Research in the Translational Brain Tumor Immunology Lab focuses on the development and evaluation of novel therapies for brain tumors.

Visual Prosthesis Lab
Visual Prosthesis Lab

The Visual Prosthesis Lab is working to create a means to restore sight to the blind by sending signals from a digital camera directly into the brain.


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