The Department of Developmental Neurobiology studies how the nervous system is formed, from infancy through adulthood, to better understand developmental disorders. The department consists of nine laboratories with seven research divisions: pediatric neuropathology, neurodevelopmental pathology, electrophysiology, psychobiology, immunology, cellular and subcellular pathology, and placental modulation. Their research focuses on the following priority areas: autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, developmental neurodegenerative disorders, epilepsy in neurodevelopmental disorders, and the contribution of placental pathology to altered neurodevelopment. The major research targets are the etiology, mechanisms, diagnostic biomarkers, prevention and treatment of autism, Down syndrome, and neurodegenerative disorders.
Department Chair: Jerzy Wegiel, VMD, PhD [email protected]