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NeuroHealth | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Zoi (Zoe) Samara
    More than 60 million people in the United States currently suffer from a serious mental illness, and the associated financial, productivity and human suffering costs are only projected to rise in the near future. Patients who suffer from serious mental disorders, such as depression,...
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...
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 | 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): 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...
NeuroEngineering | SIGF - Graduate Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Xulu Sun
A hallmark of the motor system is its ability to execute different skilled movements as the situation warrants, thanks to the flexibility of motor learning. Despite many behavioral studies on motor learning, the neural mechanisms of motor memory formation and modification remain unclear. Xulu Sun...
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): 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...
Lead Researcher(s): Xiaoke Chen
To understand how sensory information and physiological state integrate to drive decisions and behaviors. Dr. Xiaoke Chen's lab is focusing now on interoception, which is the sense of the physiological condition of the body. This include our abilities to feel hungry or satiated, to sense heightened...

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