Research in the Center addresses fundamental questions in neuroscience from the perspective of complex systems. It deals with questions about how genes work together in networks to form and shape a neuron; about how neurons interact to form complex, emergent, patterns of activity; about how normal brain function is lost when the brain degenerates; about how our cognition is both shaped by and shapes our neural pathways; about how neurons and neuronal circuits support learning and memory; about how visual perception emerges from sensory inputs; about how we control cognition and behavior; and about how coordinated neural activity in brain networks allows us to perform various activities, and to perceive, attend to, and think about the world around us. Research in the Center uses a variety of different approaches, including, but not limited to, those from robotics and machine perception, gene therapy, noninvasive human neuroimaging, neurophysiology and neuroanatomy, time series analysis, network theory, and nonlinear dynamics.
PhD student Tatiana Viena has been published as first author for her research into the effects of nucleus reuniens inactivation on memory and behavioral flexibility in rats. Details here. This article had the honor of having one of its images selected for the cover of the April 2018 issue of Hippocampus. See the image here.
PhD student Mengsen Zhang will present a talk entitled "Linking the many and the few: an experimental-theoretical analysis of multiagent coordination" at the Ninth International Conference on Complex Systems to be held July 22-27, 2018 in Cambridge, Mass.
The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences in proud to announce that our recent Doctoral graduate -- Dr Jigar Modi (MD, PhD) -- has been awarded a $100,000 Florida Department of Health postdoctoral fellowship grant entitled "Neuroprotection of Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (GCSF) Gene Therapy in Alzheimer's Disease". This grant will help support his ongoing research. More information here!
Dr Summer Sheremata has a new research article published in the Journal of Neuroscience: Sheremata, S. L., Somers, D. C., & Shomstein, S. (2018). Visual Short-Term Memory Activity in Parietal Lobe Reflects Cognitive Processes beyond Attentional Selection. The Journal of Neuroscience, 38, 1511–1519.
Steven L. Bressler, Ph.D, Interim Director and Professor
The Complex Systems Doctorate is one of three options through the FAU Brain Institute. Click on the above link to learn more about the FAU Brain Institute.