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Aric Agmon Email Dept. of Neurobiology and Anatomy School of Medicine
University of West Virginia
Neuronal subtypes and their synaptic connectivity in the thalamocortical and intracortical circuits underlying sensation
Ehud Ahissar Email Dept. of Neurobiology -- Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel Neural mechanisms of adaptive perception
Kurt Ahrens Email Post-doc with David Kleinfeld, Univ. of California, San Diego, Dept. of Physics Neurodynamics and the neural correlates of behavior
Ayako Ajima Email RIKEN, The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, Japan  
Kevin Alloway Email
Dept. of Neuroscience & Anatomy, Penn State Univ.; phone: (717) 531-6413 Anatomic and electrophysiologic techniques are used to elucidate the structure and function of neural circuits in the thalamus, cortex, and basal ganglia that process somatosensory and motor information.
Joop Arends Email Senior Scientist, Dept. of Neurology, Wash. U. Sch. of Med., St. Louis  
Michael Armstrong-James Email Neuroscience Section, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London Modification by innocuous experience of neural circuitry relaying tactile information in the somatosensory system of rodents and its relation to learning.
Carlos Avendańo Email Autonoma University of Madrid, Spain  
Allison Barth Email Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University Identifying the neurons and synapses involved in cortical plasticity
Carol Bennett-Clark Email Dept. of Neurosciences, Medical College of Ohio, Toledo Development and plasticity of sensory projections in the central nervous system
Misha Beierlein Email Dept. of Biology, Columbia Univ.; post-doc with Raphael Yuste Electrophysiology and Imaging of thalamocortical-evoked activity patterns
Michael Brecht Email Dept of Neuroscience, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands  
Joshua Brumberg Email Department of Psychology, Queens College, Flushing, NY; (718) 997-3541 Using in vitro methods to study cortical circuitry
Randy Bruno Email Department of Neuroscience, Columbia University, New York thalamocortical connectivity and dynamics
George E. Carvell Email Dept. of Physical Therapy, Univ. of Pittsburgh Medical Center  
Manuel Castro-Alamancos Email Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Drexel University College of Medicine Dynamics of thalamo-cortico-thalamic synaptic networks; Cellular and network mechanisms of oscillations in neocortex
Nicolas L. Chiaia Email Professor, Department of Neurosciences
Medical University of Ohio
Normal development and injury-induced reorganization of the somatosensory system
Bob Crissman Email Dept. of Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology, Medical College of Ohio, Toledo Anatomy & Neurobiology, Electron microscopy, neurophysiology
David Crockett Email Dept. of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Univ. of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ Development and organization of somatosensory system; role of neurotrophins in the development of specific connectivity; spinal cord and brain stem organization; spinal cord injury; stem cells
Martin Deschenes Email Centre de Recherche Univ. Laval R Giffard, Quebec, Canada sensory physiology, juxtacellular labeling, motor control, thalamus, vibrissa system, intracellular recording
Kathryn Diekmann Email Wash. U., St. Louis yearly BARRELS mini-symposium coordinator
Hongxim Dong Email Wash. U., St. Louis  
Richard Dyck Email Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of Calgary, Alberta, Canada Cerebral Cortical Development and Plasticity; Recovery after Brain Injury
Ford Ebner Email Dept. of Psychology and Cell Biology, Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN synaptic plasticity in normal and functionally impaired cerebral cortex
Irina Erchova Email International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy  
Reha Erzurumlu Email
Prof. of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Univ. of Maryland Sch. of Medicine Axon Guidance; Pattern Formation; Neocortical Development; Neurotrophins; NMDA Receptors
Dirk Feldmeyer Email
Institute of Medicine, Cellular Neurobiology Research Centre Juelich, Germany Physiology, morphology and development of neuronal microcircuits in the barrel cortex
Kevin Fox Email School of Biosciences, Cardiff Univ., Wales, UK Mechanisms Underlying Neuronal Plasticity in the Cerebral Cortex
Hideaki Fujita Email Akita Research Institute for Brain and Blood Vessels,  Japan  
Roberto Galvez Email Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Dept. of Physiology Conditioning induced plasticity as a function of age
Stanislaw Glazewski Email Keele University, School of Life Sciences,  UK Physiological and molecular mechanisms that underlie plastic changes in cerebral cortex
Jed Hartings Email

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, D.C.

Electrophysiologic aspects of brain injury
Mitra Hartmann Email

Departments of Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

Whisker mechanics and peripheral information encoding
Theodore Henderson Email Wash. U., St. Louis  
George W. Huntley Email Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York development and plasticity of sensorimotor representations
Mark Jacquin Email Dept. of Neurology, Wash. U. Sch. of Med., St. Louis, Missouri Circuitry responsible for the functional organization of sensory systems; cellular and molecular principles controlling development of the mammalian peripheral and central nervous systems; structural and functional consequences of peripheral and central nervous system injury; strategies for repair of injured neural tissue
Sonal Jhaveri Email Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachesetts Institute of Technology  
Mike Jones Email Graduate student working with Dan
at University of Colorado at Boulder, Dept. of Psychology
High frequency oscillatory phenomena in sensory information processing
Sharon Juliano Email Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD neocortical and developmental plasticity
Masanobu Kano Email Riken Institute, Japan  
Asaf Keller Email
Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology
Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine
Functional properties of cortical neurons; cortical control of movement; extrasynaptic neuronal integration; functional imaging
Kathleen Kelly Email Dept. of Physical Therapy
Univ. of Pittsburgh
Hiroyuki Kida Email Graduate student in Dr. Shimegi's lab, University of Osaka, Japan  
Herb Killackey Email Univ. of California, Irvine Development and organization of the neocortex
Adam Kohn Email Univ. of North Carolina Sch. of Med, Chapel Hill  
Margaret Kossut Email Nencki Institute, Poland  
Harold Kyriazi Email
webmaster of this site; research associate of Dan Simons, Dept. of Neurobiology, Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. of Med. Computer modeling of cortical circuitry
Ilan Lampl Email Dept. of Neurobiology, Weizmann Inst. of Science Sensory processing in the cerebral cortex. Topics include adaptation, spatial integration, up and down states and plasticity. We are performing intracellular recordings of S1 neurons of anesthetized rats.
Pete Land (deceased) Email Dept. of Neurobiology, Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. of Med. early sensory experience and the formation and maintenance of functional circuits
Ric Lane Email Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Medical College of Ohio, Toledo The role of serotonin in cortical development; reorganization of the CNS at multiple levels in response to nerve injury during development
Francesco Langone Email State Univ. of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil Somatosensory cortical plasticity following peripheral nerve injury
Steven Leiser Email Senior Research Scientist II
Neuropharmacology & Neurophysiology,
Wyeth, Monmouth Junction, N
ew Jersey
Somatosensory encoding in trigeminal primary afferents
Joachim H.R. Luebke Email Juelich Research Center
Juelich, Germany
Neuronal microcircuits in barrel cortex
Mark Maguire Email Vanderbilt Univ.  
Susan Masino Email Trinity College
Hartford, Connecticut
Tetsuya Matsuura Email Research Institute for Brain and Blood Vessels-AKITA, Japan  
James McCasland Email Dept. of Cell and Developmental Biology, SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse Development and Plasticity of Whisker/Barrel Cortex in Rodents.
Peter Melzer Email Vanderbilt Univ. Vision Research Center Plasticity of Visuo-Tactile Cortical Maps
Giovanni Mirabella Email International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy  
Ben Mitchinson Email University of Sheffield and the Intelligent Autonomous Systems Lab at the Univ. of the West of England Whiskerbot: A Robot Whisker System Modelled on the Rat Mystacial Vibrissae
Chris Moore Email MIT McGovern Institute for Brain Research, & Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Cambridge, MA How rapid changes in neural organization relate to rapid changes in tactile perception; frequency-dependent information processing
Penny Murphy Email Dept. of Physiology, St. George's Hospital Medical School, London Correlation of structure with function in the primary visual pathway
Akira Nishimura Email Post-doc, Johns Hopkins Sch. of Med., Kennedy Krieger Inst. for Neuroscience  
Jayson Parker Email Grad. student, Dept. of Physiology, Univ. of Toronto The significance of corticothalamic loops
Antonio Pereira, Jr. Email Universidade Federal do Para, Departamento de Morfologia, Lab Neuroanatomia Funcional, 66075-900 Belem PA, BRAZIL
Carl Petersen Email

Laboratory of Sensory Processing
Brain and Mind Institute
Lausanne, Switzerland

Dr. Petersen's web site
David Pinto Email Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester Cells & Synapses; Neurobiology of Disease; Sensory Systems & Perception;
Theoretical & Computational
Tony Prescott Email Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of Sheffield, U.K. among other things, works on Whiskerbot: a robot model of rat facial whiskers
David Price Email Biomedical Sciences Dept., Univ. of Edinburgh, Scotland  
Omid Rahimi Email Uniformed Services Univ., Bethesda, MD  
V. Rema Email Dept. of Psychology, Vanderbilt University  
Bernardo Rudy Email New York Univ. Sch. of Med. Molecular mechanisms regulating neuronal excitability
Eduardo Salazar Email University of North Texas, graduate student with Jannon Fuchs GABA Inhibition in Barrel Cortex
Satoshi Shimegi Email Hiromichi Sato lab, Osaka, Japan Systems Neuroscience
Michael Shoykhet Email
Fellow, Pediatric Critical Care
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 
Functional development of cortical circuits in barrels
Daniel E. Shulz Email Integrative and Computational Neurosciences Center, French National Scientific Research Center, Gif-sur-Yvette Sensory information processing, neuromodulation and functional plasticity in the rat barrel cortex
Dan Simons Email Univ. of Pittsburgh  Sch. of Med., Dept. of Neurobiology Electrophysiology, whisker stimulators, computer models
Tryambak Deo Singh Email Post-doc, Department of Brain & Cognitive Science,
University of Rochester
neuronal plasticity
Jolanta Skangiel-Kramska Email Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland  
Rick Stevens Email Syracuse University Health Science Center  
Simona Temereanca Email MGH-NMR/Martinos Center
Harvard Medical School
Eric Thomson Email Duke University, Dept. of Neurobiology;
Post-doc in Nicolelis lab
Sensory coding in awake behaving rats
Mark Tommerdahl Email Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering Somatosensory cortical dynamics and neurocomputation in living neural networks.
Robert Waters Email Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center Development, organization, and reorganization of the forepaw barrel fields
Ed White Email Dept. of Morphology, Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel Synaptic organization of the cerebral cortex, quantitative aspects, development and plasticity
Tom Woolsey Email Depts. of Neurology & Neurosurgery, Anatomy & Neurobiology, Cell Biology & Physiology, and Biomedical Engineering Wash. U., St. Louis, Mo. CNS structure, function, development and disease models; dynamic regulation of the blood supply in the whisker/barrel system of rodents
Andrzej Wróbel Email Laboratory of Visual System, Dept. of Neurophysiology, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland Dynamics of the barrel cortex circuitry in behaving rats
Phil Zeigler Email Psychology Department, Hunter College of the City University of New York Development of brain mechanisms mediating active touch in rodents; sensory processing and motor control

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