Neural Engineering and Translation Labs aim to advance the understanding of neuro-cognitive circuits across the lifespan. We apply neural engineering methods in both animal models and human research to stimulate brain plasticity in target circuits and change behavior.
Focus: Neurotechnology studies in humans to advance diagnostics and therapeutics for mental health disorders.
Our research has four major goals:
For our human studies, we have developed an integrated software-hardware platform, the Brain Engagement platform (BrainE for short) that deploys rapid, mobile cognitive assessments with wireless electroencephalography (EEG). Using BrainE, we are studying neural circuits in humans in the lab, in clinics and international community settings.
Our animal studies have implemented a complementary BrainER platform for studying neuro-cognition in rodents using single unit and local-field potential (LFP) recordings coupled with rodent behavior. These studies aim to understand micro-circuit contributions to the neural dynamics underlying cognition.
Our human studies are focused on unraveling mechanistic, functional neural markers in individuals who have suffered childhood adversity, in adults with depression and anxiety, and in age-related cognitive decline.
Our animal studies are currently examining rodent models of traumatic brain Injury and schizophrenia to understand how genetic and/or environmental perturbations result in specific cognitive impairments.
We are engineering and testing targeted and personalized circuit manipulation approaches, which integrate cognitive training, brain stimulation, neurofeedback as well as lifestyle based interventions.
We utilize long-term digital monitoring along with machine learning methods to develop treatment personalization strategies.
In our human research, we are embedding our digital mental health technologies within communities, as well as leveraging open-source databases, to better understand how neural, cognitive and mental health factors interact with diverse societal issues including race, education, crime, loneliness and climate change.
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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.