Research Research Projects

The Carney Institute community is united under the common theme of understanding how brain circuits generate and control complex behavior. Carney Institute faculty members have pioneered research to give paralyzed individuals the ability to move prosthetic limbs, move their own limbs, and to control devices through brain-computer interfaces; to develop new non-invasive tools to visualize and control brain function; to reveal the reward mechanisms in the brain that govern motivation and choice; to study and suppress diseases including ALS, spinal muscular atrophy, drug addiction, and epilepsy; to discover cells behind the retina in the eye that control the body’s internal clock; and to discover mutations in genes that cause neurodevelopmental disorders including Christianson Syndrome. Carney Institute faculty are using computational and machine learning approaches for the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of neurologic and psychiatric disorders including Parkinson’s Disease, depression, chronic pain, and autism. Ongoing projects range from a single laboratory to multiple institutions, and from early stage, high-risk high-reward projects to well-established research efforts.