Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Core/Shared Facilities

The Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience maintains two research facilities that are available, at minimal charge, for use by all department members, as well as by members of the Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center. Both cores provide instruction in the use of the facilities, assistance with the actual experiments and guidance in experimental design.

One facility is the Animal Behavior Core, which has the equipment required for the quantitative assessment of rodent behavior in tests of cognition, sensorimotor performance, and affective function.

The other facility is the Cellular and Molecular Imaging Core, which provides access to a wide range of imaging techniques, including confocal microscopy, two-photon laser microscopy, electron microscopy and laser capture, as well as expertise in image processing and presentation.

To further compliment in-house lab equipment, the Kennedy Center Cellular and Molecular Shared Equipment Facility on the third floor, provides additional common experiment equipment (including western blot and gel scanners, scintillation counter, film developer and various shakers and centrifuges).

Recent News & Events

Grant Award | Dr. Noboru Hiroi
Noboru Hiroi, Ph.D., has been awarded a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to investigate the interplay among genes, early social communication and neonatal maternal care in determining the severity of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Working with a genetic mouse model of ASD, Dr. Hiroi’s lab has observed that newborn mice display an unusual vocalization or “call,” to communicate with their mothers and that this abnormal call reduces the level of maternal care that newborns receive. The researchers will study whether abnormal newborn-to-mother vocalization is caused by ASD-related gene variants and whether this early experience of social communication gone awry worsens ASD-like behaviors through the epigenetic modification of these gene variants. Dr. Hiroi is professor in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. (1R01DC015776-01A1)...more

Publication | Dr. Yonatan Fishman, Dr. Mitchell Steinschneider
Drs. Yonatan Fishman, Dr. Mitchell Steinschneider and collaborators recently published "A Crucial Test of the Population Separation Model of Auditory Stream Segregation in Macaque Primary Auditory Cortex" in J Neurosci. 37(44):10645-55, 2017....more

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