Faculty members conducting research at the Center for Neuroscience are using the methods and theories of physical science to investigate the mechanics behind neuromuscular diseases, such as myasthenia gravis and Lou Gehrig’s disease

Brain Function

brain functionOur researchers affiliated with the Center for Neuroscience are conducting basic research into normal brain structure and function. They are particularly interested in how function changes with age, cerebrovascular disease, and Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Faculty members affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute are working to understand how brain function is altered by autism, fragile X and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Information Coding

neural communicationNeurology department researchers are using anatomical and physiological tools to study neural mechanisms for sensory processing. They are working to understand how sensory information is encoded, processed and transmitted from one level of the brain to the next. Their work includes studying the neural circuitry involved in the visual pathway.

MRI brain scansDepartment faculty affiliated with the IDeA lab located at the Center for Neuroscience investigate the biological basis of neurodegenerative diseases and cognitive changes associated with aging, including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.

Researchers use structural and functional imaging techniques, including positron emission tomography (PET), single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and are developing new tools to evaluate the role of vascular disease in Alzheimer’s.