Cognition and behaviour
The mechanisms of selective attention are crucial to virtually all aspects of everyday behaviour and cognition.
Computation and neuronal circuits
Computational neuroscientists at QBI use theoretical, computational and experimental techniques to investigate how biological nervous systems become wired up during development.
Genetics and epigenetics
Family history is an important significant risk factor for many psychiatric and neurological disorders implying an important contribution of genetic factors to their etiology.
Neurogenesis and neuronal survival
Neurogenesis is the life-long natural production and integration of new nerve cells in the brain. QBI neuroscientists are exploring ways to stimulate neurogenesis (the brain's innate ability to produce new nerve cells).
Evidence has shown that brain functions can manifest on brain networks on different scales, and brain malfunctions caused with most psychiatric disorders are the result of faulty brain networks.
Neuronal development and connectivity
Neural biologists are working to improve understanding of how the brain forms and functional connections are made during development.
Neurons can reach astonishing shapes and dimensions (several metres can separate the dendrites from the nerve terminal in certain species).
QBI visual and sensory neuroscientists have demonstrated that many relatively simple nervous systems nevertheless display a rich behavioural repertoire, and are useful model systems to study mental disorders linked to sensory brain function.
As the brain relies on complex chemical and electrical signalling, QBI neuroscientists are exploring the electrophysiological properties of neurons.