Research

The Center for Systems Neuroscience brings together neurosciecne researchers from across Boston University, spanning two campuses, four schools and colleges, and numerous departments. There are also a number of other interdisciplinary research centers and initiatives across Boston University related to the Center for Systems Neuroscience. Although the research interests of faculty members represent a wide array subjects within systems neuroscience, they may be broadly categorized into four research areas:

Learning & Memory:

The Center for Systems Neuroscience has an especially active and collaborative community of neuroscientists, mathematicians, physicists, and engineers focused on investigating the neural basis of learning and memory. Approaching the subject from both experimental and theoretical perspectives, researchers study healthy learning and memory, as well as the origins of learning and memory disorders, and develop novel therapies to treat them.

Dr. Helen Barbas Dr. Uri Eden Dr. Howard Eichenbaum Dr. David H. Farb
Dr. Xue Han Dr. Michael Hasselmo Dr. Marc Howard Dr. Tsuneya Ikezu
Dr. Ronald J. Killiany Dr. Nancy Kopell Dr. Mark Kramer Dr. Jennifer Luebke
Dr. Douglas Rosene Dr. Karin Schon Dr. Timothy Otchy

Speech & Hearing:

Researchers at Boston University have a long history of conducting groundbreaking research in the science of speech and hearing, with roots tracing back to work done by faculty member Alexander Graham Bell. Today, Center for Systems Neuroscience faculty continue that tradition, working on topics including the neural bases of language production, auditory perception, song perception and production in birds, and disorders of hearing and language and their treatments.

Dr. Tim Gardner Dr. Frank Guenther Dr. Swathi Kiran Dr. Tyler Perrachione
Dr. Barbara Shinn-Cunningham Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg

Attention & Perception:

Two major issues in neuroscience are how the brain perceives sensory information and how and the brain allocates its limited processing power to relevant stimuli at a given time. Scientists at the Center for Systems Neuroscience are tackling these problems through studying attention and perception in humans, animals, and artificial systems.

Dr. Michael Baum Dr. Alice Cronin-Golomb Dr. Ian Davison Dr. Nancy Kopell
Dr. Sam Ling Dr. Jason Ritt Dr. Michele Rucci Dr. David Somers

Developmental & Degenerative Disorders:

At the Center for Systems Neuroscience, a significant portion of research is dedicated to understanding and alleviating developmental and degenerative brain disorders. Researchers here are investigating causes of and treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, autism, Down syndrome, and Huntington’s disease from the molecular scale to the systems level. By leveraging resources at Boston University and in the surrounding area, CSN scientists seek to provide insights into these debilitating disorders.

Dr. Tarik Haydar Dr. Mark Kramer Dr. Mark Moss Dr. Richard Myers
Dr. Douglas Rosene Dr. Shelley Russek Dr. Jean-Jacques Soghomonian Dr. Chantal Stern
Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg