The application of a wide range of new qualitative and quantitative methods is leading to rapid advances and new knowledge of brain structures and cellular mechanisms influencing cell regeneration, tissue regeneration, neuronal plasticity, memory and complex behaviours. Disturbance of these processes leads to neurological and psychiatric diseases as well as cognitive and memory impairment. Behavioural control and regulation of peripheral metabolism are important functions of brain health and quality of life.
The key challenges in this area are:
- understanding the relationship between genoytype and phenotypic behaviour characteristics
- the interfaces between brain and computer science, to develop the area of neuro-robotics and improve neural prostheses
- analysis and modelling of complex neural circuits
- understanding the molecular and genetic mechanisms of aging for the prevention and treatment of pathological processes
Through this combination of basic biological research, technological development and clinical application, neurosciences research and teaching are an integral part of the Department of Health Sciences and Technology.