Gene-Environment Interactions And Synaptic Plasticity In The Developing And Dysfunctional Cerebral Cortex

Grant number: 400154

Abstract

The cerebral cortex contains many billions of neurons, which are interconnected by trillions of synapses, to form networks underlying our most complex brain functions. It is only after birth, with environmental stimulation, that diverse brain functions begin to emerge. We are interested in the mechanisms whereby the genetic programme regulating maturation of the cerebral cortex is sculpted by interaction with the environment, as well as ongoing gene-environment interactions and mechanisms of plasticity in postnatal brain. Many brain disorders, including schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, Alzheimer's and Huntington's disease, involve abnormal development or function of the cerebral cortex. Our ..

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