Brain function and dysfunction over the lifespan
The brain is our most complex organ, and makes us into the functioning beings that we are. It is extraordinary powerful and resilient, yet also vulnerable. We can see this is as the population is ageing, and emotional tolls and stress are increasing. We also see it in the developing child as problems with language development or pervasive disorders arise. And we are now better than ever able to see and measure what happens in the brain.
This research profile area brings together the cognitive and the biomedical neurosciences in a unique multidisciplinary setting, studying brain function and dysfunction in the developing brain, the adult brain and the ageing brain. The underlying belief is that anyone wanting to know why something in the brain goes wrong first has to know what normal brains look like and how they function. We study subjects ranging from language processing to cognitive robotics, and from migraine to psychiatric disorders and neuro-pharmacology.
In combination with an interdisciplinary approach, (MRI) technology develpment is the main motor behind brain and cognitive research. A 7 Tesla ultra high field MRI scanner is located in the C.J. Gorter Centre for High Field MRI, a joint initiative of the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and the Faculty of Science. The university and the LUMC also have excellent research facilties for EEG, image processing, neurobiological research and behavioural experiments, patient research, neurocognitive modelling, drug research, molecualr imaging and data processing.