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. 


Loyal Goff on RNA in the Developing Brain

Loyal Goff describes his research identifying RNA in the developing brain. He studies long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) and their possible role in determining what type of cell a developing brain cell can become.


Brain Development Research

What Anti-Depression Treatments Actually Target in the Brain with Hongjun Song