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Funded Research Projects

NeuroEngineering | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Peter Maurer
Synaptic junctions linking individual neurons constitute the fundamental building blocks of our brain. Understanding their inner working is crucial to unravel the mechanisms by which our brain processes information. However, imaging structures at a relevant sub-synaptic level is challenging and has...
NeuroEngineering | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Georges Goetz
Understanding the brain requires understanding how the neurons that constitute it perform computations, and how those computations relate to human behavior. The primate visual system offers a unique opportunity to characterize how an important quantity, visual motion, is represented in sensory...
NeuroDiscovery | SIGF - Graduate Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Kiah Hardcastle
Navigation through an environment to a remembered location is a critical skill we use every day. How does our brain accomplish such a task? Over the last few decades, several lines of evidence have suggested that a brain region called medial entorhinal cortex (MEC) supports navigation by encoding...
NeuroDiscovery | SIGF - Graduate Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Kevin Guttenplan
Many neurological diseases feature the death of neurons, but the mechanisms that mediate cell death in these disorders are unknown. Astrogliosis, the response of a cell-type called “astrocytes” to injury, is common to most diseases of the central nervous system (CNS), and recent studies in our lab...
NeuroEngineering | SIGF - Graduate Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Tanya Glozman
Understanding the relationship between structure and function in the human brain is a key interest in neuroscience. In recent years the focus is turning to understanding the role of the white matter in human cognition, brain function and neurological disorders.
NeuroEngineering | SIGF - Graduate Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Sean Michael Sketch
Stroke is the main cause of adult disability; 80% of survivors sustain motor (movement) deficits that interfere with activities of daily living. There exists no proven therapeutic strategy for motor recovery of the upper extremity following stroke. While this limitation could be a fundamental...
NeuroEngineering | SIGF - Graduate Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Thomas Letao Li
Electrodes implanted in the brain have great potential, with applications in neurodegenerative disease, brain-computer interfaces, and more. However, the presence of electrodes in brain tissue causes a response known as gliosis, in which a scar forms around the electrode, reducing its effectiveness...
NeuroHealth | Seed Grant
This project will develop PET ligands to image where and when the earliest microglial changes occur in Alzheimer's Disease to aid in early detection of the disease and development of new therapeutics.
NeuroDiscovery | Seed Grant
We aim to understand how brain mechanisms of spatial reasoning are brought into play during symbolic mathematical cognition and to identify individual differences in these mechanisms that co-vary with mathematical ability and mathematical experience.
NeuroDiscovery | Seed Grant
Autism is a highly genetic developmental brain disorder which is characterized by social impairments. Autism affects 1 in 68 US children, with an annual cost in the US of $250 billion dollars. Unfortunately, the basic biology of autism remains poorly understood. Consequently, there are currently no...