Developmental Systems Neuroscience Lab

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
What the facility does

Research on the maturation of brain circuits underlying behaviour.

Area(s) of Expertise

Early life experiences crucially define cognitive and mental health function throughout life. Childhood and adolescence are the predominant age of onset for the majority of mental disorders and are periods during which key brain areas involved in emotional processing are maturing. Still, it is unclear how these changes in brain development influence circuit function and as a consequence affect behaviour and the onset of mental illness. Our research focuses on understanding how the maturation of sensitive brain circuits underlies the emergence of complex behaviour and sensitivity to stress in mice. We are exploring this using a combination of patch clamp recordings, immunohistochemistry, behaviour, and in vitro and in vivo optogenetics.

Sectors of Application
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment in use

Description of function

Center for the Neurobiology of Stress

Laser scanning microscope

Visualize immunohistochemistry and viral targeting

 

Thermocycler

Genotyping