Untangling Neural Traffic Jams

Winter 2015

Untangling Neural Traffic JamsRandal Burns, a computer scientist, and Joshua Vogelstein, PhD ’10, a biomedical engineer, are part of a multi-institution team using a $10 million NIH Transformative Research Award grant to decipher the structure of the brain’s trillions of synapses in hopes of solving the mystery behind many psychiatric illnesses. “It has been suggested that many psychiatric disorders are fundamentally ‘connectopathies,’ that is, disorders of the connections in the brain,” said Vogelstein. “Our aim is to discover what causes traffic jams in the neural information highway.”

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