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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

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  • Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

    Neuronal Communication and Restoration Lab

    The Cognitive Neuroscience 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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