Brown University's Center for Vision Research and the Burwell Laboratory were recently featured in the Brown University Alumni Magazine. "Psychologist Rebecca Burwell, a professor of cognitive, linguistic, and psychological sciences, studies the link between memory and vision, or how what we’ve seen in the past influences what we’re seeing in the present." Click here to learn more.
Many nerve cells in the suprachiasmatic nucleus, the brain’s master circadian clock, communicate by electrical synapses, according to Brown University research published in the current issue of Nature Neuroscience. The team also found that, in rats and mice, electrical synapses synchronize this critical clock, which helps regulate the daily cycles of sleeping and waking.
With $14.9 million of federal funding, the four-university research team will seek to develop new technology and lay the basic research foundation for improved therapies for brain trauma.
BY DAVID ORENSTEIN
Researchers at four institutions, led by Stanford University and Brown University, have begun an effort with more than $14 million of federal funding to learn both how the brain and its microcircuitry react to sudden physiological changes and what can be done to encourage recovery from injury.
About a year after winning a major share of a nearly $15-million grant, a team of Brown professors is developing and using new technologies to study the brain. Their goal is to inform the development of therapies that could restore functions lost to injury and stroke.