The goal of this work is to understand the neuronal basis of sensory processing, motor control, learning, memory, and problem solving. Topics include the synaptic regulatory mechanisms underlying neural plasticity; the distribution and release of neuropeptides within individual neurons and macromolecular interactions relevant to memory; and the dynamic coding and processing of information by neurons and neural circuits across species.
Researchers employ a variety of methodological approaches including techniques for simultaneous recording of multiple neuronal signals in both living systems and in tissue preparations; computer-based systems for the storage, analysis, and display of the vast amounts of data acquired with these techniques; and the application of conditional gene knock-out models to understand the neural mechanisms of sensory map formation and spatial learning.
- Children's Environmental Health Research Center at Illinois
Led by Susan Schantz, the center researches the impact of bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates, and other endocrine disruptors on child development.
Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program is part of a network of Children’s Health Centers around the country and also participates in the ECHO consortium, a national study of 50,000 children that will investigate environmental influences on child health outcomes.
- Neurotechnology for Memory and Cognition
The theme addresses grand challenges in measuring the complex spatio-temporal processes in the brain by bringing physical and biological scientists together with bio-, mechanical, and electrical/computer engineers.