Neural Engineering and Translation Labs aim to develop an improved understanding of neural circuits deficits in child and adult psychiatric disorders. We apply neural-engineering methods in both animal models and human research to target and repair identified circuit deficits.
Focus: Human research on digital mobile technologies serving as experimental diagnostics and therapeutics in human psychiatric populations, especially children and adolescents.
Our research foci intersect in the use of closed loop, brain-computer-interface (BCI) technologies to target and induce plasticity in specific neural circuits underlying cognition.
NEATLabs research projects have three major goals:
Our human studies integrate mobile cognitive assessment tools, electroencephalography (EEG) and functional MRI recordings. We are currently developing integrated software-hardware systems for large-scale and affordable mobile monitoring of neural network function in clinic and community settings.
Our animal studies are implementing a complementary battery of human cognitive tasks in rodents coupled with invasive monitoring of single units and local-field potentials (LFP). These studies aim to understand micro-circuit contributions to the oscillatory neural dynamics underlying cognitive control identified in humans.
Our human studies currently focus on how adverse childhood experiences and neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) impact cognitive control network function using a combination of EEG and fMRI methods.
Our animal studies are currently examining rodent models of schizophrenia and traumatic-brain injury to understand how either genetic perturbations in the former, or environmental perturbations in the latter, result in cognitive impairments.
We are developing and implementing targeted circuit manipulation strategies that include cognitive remediation and self-regulation interventions, integrated with neuromodulation and brain-computer-interface technologies.
We are always looking for talented postdoctoral fellows interested in our integrated research foci. Please contact NEATLabs directors with your cover letter, CV and academic transcript.