Functions of the brain are based on the integration of neural networks, which are composed of neurons as basic elements. The Department of Neuroscience consists of six research groups that examine such brain functions using multiple approaches from the perspectives of molecules, structures, and systems. The research techniques include molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, anatomy, electrophysiology, and mathematical modelling. In these experiments, we use animals such as mice, rats, and monkeys, as well as human subjects.
Example research themes include structural analysis of ion channels, formation of neural connections, structure and function of glutamatergic systems, brain mechanisms of motivation, reward systems and decision-making, mechanisms of brain recovery, and analysis of neural networks that are involved in the appreciation or creation of arts.
- Brain information processing mechanisms of motivation, reward expectancy, and decision-making
- The effects of X-ray irradiation on glutamatergic neurons in the embryonic mouse cortex
- Functional analysis of monoamines in the formation of neural networks
- Three-dimensional structural analysis of proteins using electron microscopy
- Molecular basis of dexterous finger movements in the corticospinal tract