Neuroscience

Brian Christie standing in front of two women hooked up to two screens with balls

Neuroscientist Brian Christie uses NeuroTracker software to gather cognitive data. His research suggests that the software could also be used as a rehabilitative tool for individuals with concussions and more severe brain injury. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Patrick Reeson pointing at a computer screen in a lab with Craig Brown

Neuroscientist Craig Brown and PhD student Patrick Reeson have been researching the phenomenon of clogged capillaries. It could explanation why we lose blood vessels—knowledge that could lead to better preventive and protective strategies for maintaining brain health.

Anthony Pluta adjusting an EEG device on a young baseball player on a baseball pitch

Neuroscientist Olav Krigolson teamed up with Anthony Pluta (pictured), a pro-ball-player-turned-grad-student, to find out what makes a batter successful. For their research, they developed an EEG device that pairs up with an app: portable brainwave technology. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

The following researchers specialize in neuroscience:

  • Craig Brown: cellular and molecular mechanisms of neuronal plasticity, diabetes and stroke research, investigation of higher-order information processing centers
  • Robert Burke: early development, fertilization
  • Hector J. Caruncho: the neurobiology of psychiatric illness; the development of biomarkers; the discovery of novel drug targets in mood and psychotic disorders; and animal models of depression
  • Robert Chow: retinal development and hereditary vision defects
  • Brian Christie: neurogenesis
  • Kerry Delaney: neurophysiology, Rett syndrome
  • Roderick Edwards: mathematical biology, neuronal and gene networks, mathematical models of neuromotor control
  • Jodie Gawryluk: clinical neuropsychology, neuroimaging
  • Clay Holroyd: neurobiological mechanisms of cognitive control
  • Sandra Hundza: neural control of human movement; motor rehabilitation after injury (e.g. neurotrauma) and with disease and aging
  • Marc Klimstra: biomechanics and motor control of human movement in sport exercise and rehabilitation
  • Olav Krigolson: neuroeconomics, learning, and decision-making
  • Patrick Nahirney: ultrastructure of brain synapses
  • Raad Nashmi: neurobiology, synaptic transmission, nicotinic receptors, nicotine addiction
  • Nancy Sherwood: molecular endocrinology of growth and reproduction
  • Leigh Anne Swayne: bioelectric control of neural stem and progenitor cell biology; neural stem cells in brain repair; pannexins and voltage-gated sodium and calcium channel superfamily members: structure, function and regulation by protein-protein interactions
  • Jim Tanaka: visual object and face recognition
  • Stephanie Willerth: tissue engineering,regenerative medicine,biomaterials scaffolds for controlling stem cell differentiation
  • E. Paul Zehr: neural control of human movement, reflexes that coordinate limbs, stroke and spinal chord injuries recovery