Neuroscience Handout

This handout is designed to introduce and illustrate the research happening within the LSI Research Groups.
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Doug Allan Lab

Lab research: Specification of neuronal identity during Drosophila nervous system development.
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Vanessa Auld Lab

Lab research: The molecular interactions between glia and neurons that occuring during development of the nervous system of Drosophila. The development of permeability barriers in polarized epithelia and glia.
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Shernaz Bamji Lab

Lab research: Molecular mechanisms underlying synapse formation, maintenance and elimination. Role of cell adhesion molecules at the synapse.
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Michael Gordon

  Michael Gordon Gordon Lab Web Page Our brains are composed of billions of neurons, wired together in neural circuits that process information from the environment and produce behaviours.  My lab is interested in the organization, function, and development of these circuits.  We study this problem in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, an organism with […]
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Hakima Moukhles Lab

Lab Research: Role of dystroglycan, a protein associated with several forms of muscular dystrophy, in the central nervous system. Molecular mechanisms underlying the dystroglycan-mediated targeting and polarization of proteins in glial cells.
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Christian Naus Lab

Lab research: Gap Junctions in Neural Development and Disease.
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Tim O’Connor Lab

Lab research: Molecular mechanisms of neuronal outgrowth, guidance and directed growth. Remodeling of the cytoskeleton during neurite outgrowth.
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Jane Roskams Lab

Lab research: Control of neuronal cell death and differentiation during embryonic neurogenesis and regeneration.
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Victor Viau Lab

Lab research:Sex and stress sensitive pathways in the brain
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Joanne Weinberg Lab

Lab research: Mechanisms underlying the effects of early life experiences on brain and biological development, ie. issues of fetal or neonatal programming.
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Life Sciences Institute

The Life Sciences Institute is an innovative multi-Faculty, multi-Department research institute. The goal of the LSI is to generate and sustain innovative, interdisciplinary research dedicated to discovering fundamental biological processes of life, advancing our understanding of disease processes and developing potential therapeutics.
Gifts from friends, alumni and other community members enable the University of British Columbia to carry out many outstanding research projects

Our Mission:
The mission of the Neuroscience Research Group is to understand how the nervous system develops and functions and how it is modified by injury, disease, genetics and environmental factors.

The LSI research group includes investigators that study different levels of neural organization:

  • molecular/cellular
  • systems/circuit
  • behavioral/cognitive

This promotes highly collaborative and multi-faceted approaches to solving significant challenging problems in the neuroscience field.

Together, we train a new generation of neuroscientists in state-of-the-art techniques and technologies, and prepare them for careers in both basic and clinical neuroscience research.

Members of the Neuroscience Research Group are also affiliated with the Brain Research Centre (BRC), a group of over 100  neuroscience investigators from different departments and faculties throughout British Columbia. The BRC provides a wealth of scientific expertise and the opportunity for collaborations.

Specific Processes and Diseases Studies by Members of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Group:

  • Neural Development: Allan, Auld, Bamji, Gordon, Moukhles, Naus, O’Connor, Roskams
  • Neural Control of Behaviour: Allan, Bamji, Gordon, Weinberg, Viau
  • Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Disease including:
  • Schizophrenia:  Allan, Bamji, O’Connor
  • Alzheimer’s Disease: Allan, Bamji
  • Stress: Weinberg, Viau
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Weinberg
  • Brain tumors: Naus
  • Nervous system homeostasis: Auld, Moukhles
  • Neuroprotection and Repair of the Nervous System: Auld,O’Connor, Roskams, Naus

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