NSERC's Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering

Posted on Friday, March 17, 2017

Our brains, like our computers, relay information across complex networks of circuits and systems in micro-fractions of a second. And, like computers, this process is programmed into us with a code, one that has stumped neuroscientists for years.

But at uOttawa’s Brain and Mind Research Institute, professors André Longtin and Leonard Maler, of the uOttawa Department of Physics and Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, respectively, have combined their expertise to uncover key features of the neural code that underlie the operation of the brain. The University of Ottawa researchers used electric fish, whose brains are similar to ours (albeit at a fundamental level), to trace how signals move during the entire sensory process, thereby observing the hidden traits of brain activity in moments of focus

 

Dr Len Maler and Dr André Longtin

 

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