Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience

Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience

The Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience group studies the mechanisms and outcomes of neuronal function. Topics of interest include: the encoding of visual information by the brain;functional properties of olfactory system function and perception; fetal and adolescent neuronal plasticity and its role in drug addiction; imaging studies of neurodevelopment in individuals with genetic or psychiatric disorders; themolecular basis for dysfunction in neurological and psychiatric disease; CNS and spinal cord injury; developmental models of fetal alcohol syndrome and autism; and the control of behavior by specific aspects of neuronal activity, and how disease manifests alterations in neuronal function.

image of extracellular matrix (ECM) staining on a glioma initiating cell One of many research initiatives in assistant professor Rick Matthews' lab focuses on the role of extracellular matrix and cell surface glycoproteins in the developing nervous system and in learning, memory, plasticity and diseases. This slide shows extracellular matrix (ECM) staining on a glioma initiating cell.