Experimental Neuroscience

Led by Eberhard Fetz and Richard Anderson, the Experimental Neuroscience Research Thrust uncovers principles of engineered neuroplasticity in animal models and humans.


Learning to see again: biological constraints on cortical plasticity and the implications for sight restoration technologies (funded by the NIH)

The 'bionic eye'-so long a dream of the future-is finally becoming a reality with retinal prostheses available to patients in both the US and Europe. However, clinical experience with these implants has made it apparent that the visual information provided by these devices differs substantially from normal sight. Consequently, the ability of patients to learn to make use of this abnormal retinal input plays a critical role in whether or not some functional vision is successfully regained.

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