Brainwave and Electrophysiological Biomarkers of Cognition Enhancing Drugs
Several drugs are able to improve cognitive performance quite considerably in animal models, and to some extent in humans. They are known as “nootropics”. This projects aims to study how brain wave patterns in mice change with these drugs, both to understand how they work, as well as to find biomarkers to identify such agents. It will involve training mice to perform simple memory and other cognitive tasks, and to record their brain signals before and after drug administration. We will initially use simple double “depth” electrodes, but will progress to multielectrode arrays and miniscopes later in the project. This is a fantastic opportunity to get into modern cognitive neuroscience and discover some really neat things! Suitable for Honours, Masters and PhD.
- Dr Chris French, Group Leader
This research project is available to PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science, Post Doctor Researchers to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.
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