Our main research focus is the structure and function of sensory cortex with special emphasis on plasticity (its ability to change its structure and function). We believe that plasticity is a fundamental property that underlies both normal cortical function (from sensory processing to learning and memory) and cortical recovery from deprivation and injury. We therefore seek to investigate all of these aspects of plasticity.
Examples of our research: (click for details)
1) Click here for our emerging view on the large scale functional and anatomical organization of somatosensory cortex.
2) Click here for a new type of plasticity: how stimulation of a single whisker can completely protect the cortex from an impending ischemic stroke.
3) Click here for plasticity induced by transferring animals from their cages to our naturalistic habitat.
4) Click here for a clip showing the 3 phases (intial dip, overshoot and undershoot) of the whisker functional representation evoked within barrel cortex following 1 second of single whisker activation. Based on Chen-Bee et al. (2007).