Support for our endeavors
comes primarily from the
National Institutes of Health
Glaucoma & Ocular Hypertension
Lens & Cornea: Cataract, Presbyopia & Corneal Dystrophies
Pediatric Ophthalmology & Neuro-ophthalmology
Retina, Retinal Degenerations & Neovascularization
Andreas Burkhalter, PhD (Visual Cortex)
Our studies of the visual system in mice are aimed at understanding how the visual cortex is subdivided into different areas, how the network of connections between areas develops, how it is organized in the adult and how it is altered by visual experience. Interareal networks are important for visual perception and visually guided actions. The work is focused on identifying cortical areas, defining their hierarchical relationships and studying the circuits that connect lower with higher visual areas.
Lawrence Snyder, MD, PhD (Visual Cortex, Motor Cortex)
My laboratory studes how the brain, and especially the cerebral cortex, combines sensory information with higher order cognition (rules, memory, etc.) in order to drive motor commands. Much of our work is focused on spatial processing for guiding eye and arm movements.
Ralf Wessel, PhD (Superior Colliculus, Visual Cortex)
Arguably the biggest goal in modern neuroscience is to gain a deeper and more complete understanding of strongly correlated neural systems, known as microcircuits. A striking phenomenon of strongly correlated neural systems is visual perception. In broad strokes, it is intriguing to hypothesize that visual perception emerges from the interaction between incoming spatiotemporal stimuli and the internal dynamic state of neural networks. Yet, to date, a convincing computational framework for the processing of visual stimuli in neural circuits remains elusive.