Understanding the effect of age and duration of deafness on speech recognition in Cochlear Implant users

  • Samira Anderson, Matthew Goupell, Katrina MacLeod

Cochlear implants (CI) do not work equally well for all individuals; in order them to be maximally effective, they should account for the patient’s age and hearing history. This project develops an individualized approach to link the electrodes of a CI interface with the surviving neurons of the auditory nerve.

Development of an ultra-fast 2 photon microscope by beam multiplexing: GRID Imaging

  • Patrick Kanold, Ramani Duraiswami, Nail Gumerov, Wolfgang Losert

This project uses spatial light modulator-shaped light fields as an approach for measuring and triggering of small populations of neurons in order to understand and control how the brain processes sensory information.

The retina as a novel biomarker for schizophrenia

  • Joshua Singer, Bongtae Han, Elizabeth Quinlan

This project assesses a full range of retinal functions to identify those that are most predictive, prognostic, or linearly correlated with the emergence of schizophrenia by developing a novel visual stimulation apparatus.

Wireless Measurement of Neuronal Currents Using Spin-Torque Nano-Oscillators

  • Edo Waks, Benjamin Shapiro, Ricardo Araneda, Jens Herberholz

This project uses injectable nanoscale spintronic devices as a noninvasive way to measure weak electrical signals in the brain and render them detectable wirelessly outside the body.

A novel use of catanioinic vesicles to modulate nervous system function and behavior

  • Philip DeShong, Erica Glasper, Jens Herberholz, Farrah Madison 

This project applies an innovative new technology—the use of catanionic vesicles to transfer specific neuromodulators—in order to gain a better understanding of the neural workings underlying social behavior.