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  • Systems and Circuits Neuroscience

    Gao Laboratory

    Mesocorticolimbic dopaminergic signaling, which originates in the dopamine (DA) neurons of the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and projects to the nucleus accumbens (NAc) and prefrontal cortex (PFC), governs the control of complex behaviors. Deregulation of…

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    Liu Laboratory

    The research efforts of the Liu Laboratory focus on neuroimmune interactions in central nervous system (CNS) injury and repair. The goal of this research is to understand immunological basis of neurological disorders and develop novel…

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    Lukas-Whiteaker Laboratory

    The Laboratory of Neurochemistry, now jointly led by Drs. Paul Whiteaker and Ronald J. Lukas, focuses on nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, which are critical to chemical signaling and electrical wiring in the brain and body.

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    Mufson Laboratory

    Research projects in the Mufson Laboratory focus on the pathobiology of the normal and diseased human brain, including the neurobiology of mild cognitive impairment, which is a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Down syndrome, and…

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    Wu Laboratory

    Dr. Wu and his team are studying the function and pharmacology of heterologously expressed nAChRs in cloned cells and native nAChRs in neurons isolated from brain tissue. Using electrophysiological techniques we are working to elucidate the mechanisms of nicotine reward,…

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    About Barrow Neurological Institute
    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premier destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.