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NeuroEngineering | EPFL-Stanford Exchange
Lead Researcher(s): Jacob Suchoski
Virtual environments with haptic (force and tactile) feedback provide a unique opportunity to study human perception and sensory mechanisms using controlled stimuli and behavioral measurements. Virtual reality (VR) allows us to change the properties of physical elements in a virtual world and...
NeuroHealth | EPFL-Stanford Exchange
Lead Researcher(s): Łukasz Kidziński
Human movement results from the coordination of muscles, tendons, joints, and other physiological elements. While children learn to walk, run, climb, and jump in their first years of life and most of us can navigate complex environments -- like a crowded street or moving subway -- without...
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 | EPFL-Stanford Exchange
Lead Researcher(s): Luis de Lecea
The purpose of this collaborative project is to study neuronal mechanisms associated with social stress. In particular we will test whether the energy producing systems, known as mitochondria, in a specific set of brain cells are important to confer resilience to stressful stimuli. This research...
NeuroHealth | EPFL-Stanford Exchange
Lead Researcher(s): Richard E. Grewelle
Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease second only to malaria in its human health and economic impact on tropical nations. For over a century, large efforts to control the disease in effected communities have been met with limited success because elimination requires both treatment of humans and...
NeuroHealth | EPFL-Stanford Exchange
Lead Researcher(s): Daniel S. Joyce
Although you’re aware of the light that you see, light also affects us in ways that you might not appreciate. These so called “non-image forming” (NIF) pathways were recently discovered, they start in the human eye before projecting to over a dozen brain regions. They modulate aspects of human...