Development and function of the nervous system
This department seeks to understand the development and function of the nervous system with a special focus on sensory processes, neurodevelopment, and plasticity underlying environmental adaptation.
Donders Institute for brain, cognition and behaviour
This department is affiliated with the Donders Institute. Their mission is to carry out world class research that advances our knowledge on how the nervous system develops and functions and how it is altered by disease, injury, genetic, and environmental factors like stress.institute pages
Focus: Investigation of the role of serotonin in neurodevelopment and how it is additionally modulated by environmental factors in the context of individual differences in behaviour and risk for psychiatric disorders like anxiety, depression, autism and drug addiction. Techniques involve behaviour and in vivo brain measures and manipulations, as well as ex vivo molecular and neuroanatomical assessments.
Contact: Dr. Judith Homberg
Focus: Investigations of structural and functional (re)organization of cortical networks in health and disease using in vitro electrophysiological, immunohistochemical and neuroanatomical techniques in the rodent brain. Research focuses on models for neurodevelopmental distortions as well as intellectual disability.
Contact: Dr. Dirk Schubert
Focus: molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in the context of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and intellectual disability. We use animal and cellular human (IPS) models combined with molecular and electrophysiological methods to study the function of genes in learning and memory processes.
Contact: Dr. Nael Nadif Kasri
Focus: Investigate the primate brain from neuron to behaviour using advanced psychophysics, neuroimaging and (single-unit) electrophysiology. The focus is on visual perception, visuomotor behaviour and cognitive control in health and disease. Modeling links the levels of research.
Contact: Dr. Jeroen Goossens
Focus: Investigation of dysfunctional prefrontal cortical control mechanisms underlying impulsive, compulsive and aggressive / antisocial disorders using translational molecular, neurochemical, imaging and behavioral techniques.
Contact: Dr. Jeffrey Glennon.