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Funded Research Projects

NeuroDiscovery | Seed Grant
Lead Researcher(s): Bianxiao Cui
A faculty team bridging chemistry and pain research will use optogenetics to understand an important signaling pathway involved in chronic pain.
NeuroDiscovery | Big Idea
We propose to connect diverse faculty to deepen interdisciplinary understanding of the neural mechanisms supporting addictive choice by combining conceptual, experimental, and clinical approaches that bridge historically disparate fields of inquiry.
NeuroDiscovery | EPFL-Stanford Exchange
Lead Researcher(s): Chris Stock
Humans naturally learn to generate and process complicated sequential patterns. For example, a concert pianist can learn an enormous repertoire of memorized music. In neuroscience, it is widely thought that synaptic plasticity – the process by which the connections between neurons change response...
NeuroDiscovery | EPFL-Stanford Exchange
Lead Researcher(s): Joy A. Franco
Our ability to detect and interpret sounds relies on specialized sensory cells within the snail-shaped hearing organ of the inner ear—the cochlea. These hair cells sense physical movement and then convert that mechanical stimulus into a biological signal that we perceive as sound. These mechano-...
NeuroDiscovery | EPFL-Stanford Exchange
Lead Researcher(s): Christof Seiler
Brain data analyses involves many steps and every step is prone to errors and uncertainties. Ignoring uncertainties can potentially leading to overconfident conclusions. To improve reproducibility it is important to propagate errors throughout the anlaysis. One crucial step in functional imaging ...
NeuroDiscovery | EPFL-Stanford Exchange
Lead Researcher(s): Olivier Gevaert
My proposed visit to the Van De Ville lab is centered on the idea to expand our methods beyond brain tumors to other neurological diseases using the Van De Ville lab’s expertise in neuro-imaging. Imaging genomics has been focused mainly on oncology; however, other neurological diseases can be...
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Corianne van den Akker
Ion channels in the membranes of neuronal cells are the key regulators of neuronal signaling. An ion channel works as a gate that can open and close to allow specific molecules to enter or leave the cell. One important type of ion channels are voltage-gated sodium channels (NaVs), which are...
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Mariapaola Sidoli
Cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) is an important intracellular messenger that plays a critical role in the development of the central and peripheral nervous system. However, the mechanisms of action of cAMP in the nervous system development are poorly understood and there are currently no...
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Hongjie Li
Precise neural circuit assembly is critical for appropriate function of the nervous system. A functional circuit requires proper targeting and matching of axons and dendrites of pre- and post-synaptic neurons. However, our understanding of the mechanisms that establish wiring specificity of complex...
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Kyle Brewer
One in three people will develop Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia during their lifetime, but effective treatment still does not exist despite intense efforts. Recently, blood from young mice has been found to rejuvenate several tissues of old mice, including the brain. By using transfusions...

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