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Professor Leon Lagnado
University of Sussex
We are researching how neurons in the brain communicate with each other to transit and process information. Most of our work is in the context of neural circuits involved in vision, especially the retina and visual cortex. A key feature of our approach is that we investigate these neural circuits in the live animal using specialised microscopy techniques that can image into the intact brain. The directness of this approach provides the most reliable information about how visual processing occurs and how circuits of neurons operate on incoming information. We are also interested in how the operation of neural circuits is altered in the context of neurodegeneration and are studying the earliest changes in the properties of neural communication that occur just as neurodegenerative changes begin in the brain. We hope that this work will help us understand how brain circuits function normally and how they malfunction in the context of neurodegeneration.
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