Genetic Cues Responsible For Interneuron Migration And Layering In The Neocortex

Grant number: 350296


Understanding how the brain is assembled, and the genes that drive this process, will provide insights into two exciting areas of current neuroscience. First, it will clarify how we differ from other species, and illuminate the evolutionary concepts underscoring functional specialization. Secondly, there are sound health-related reasons to study brain development. Proper brain function requires the proper assembly of neurons and the establishment of circuitry. Defective generation of neurons in sufficient numbers, or impediments to neuron migration to proper destinations are certain recipes for neurological disorders, including epilepsy and mental retardation. In this application, we will st..

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