Brain Development Research

Brain Development Research
The brain is a main hub for the body, processing input from all of our senses and determining our actions. But how do genetic variants affect the brain as it grows? Researchers at Johns Hopkins study every aspect of the brain to better understand how the brain develops and how problems can arise in the process. 
Using state-of-the-art technology, our researchers study myriad diseases of the brain and their relationship to neuron development, bringing us closer to clinical treatments for devastating illnesses, such as autism, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. 
For instance, researchers in one Johns Hopkins lab study how stem cells in the brain produce “newborn neurons” throughout our lives, and how the growth of these neurons affects depression and other mental illness. Delving deeper, the team is analyzing the different ways that genetic mutations linked to mental illness affect the brain’s development. 


Brain-Computer Interface Study

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation partnered with the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery in the Brain-Computer Interface Study, which focuses on technologies that can be used to help patients with limb paralysis and limb loss. Using a brain-machine interface, the study participant uses his thoughts to simultaneously control two of the world's most advanced prosthetic limbs. By implanting six microelectrode arrays in the participant's brain, the research team aims to allow him to control assistive devices and enable him to perceive physical stimuli touching the limbs.

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Brain Development Research

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