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Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Our laboratory develops and uses computerized brain mapping techniques to study the structure, function, and development of cerebral cortex in humans and nonhuman primates.

Cortical Cortography

Ongoing Research Projects

Human Cortical Development In collaboration with Terrie Inder, Jeff Neil, Jason Hill, and others, we study human cortical development in premature as well as term-born infants. Our objectives are to better understand normal cortical maturation and to characterize cortical abnormalities that correlate with abnormal childhood development.

Cortical Structure and Function in Disease. We use surface-based approaches to characterize abnormalities in cortical structure and function in a variety of disease conditions, including autism, schizophrenia, and Williams Syndrome.

Interspecies Comparisons. We use interspecies surface-based registration to compare cortical organization in macaques, humans, and great apes (Orban et al., 2004, Van Essen, 2004, and Van Essen and Dierker, 2007).

The Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF) is a collaborative effort, funded by the NIH Blueprint, to provide a ‘one-stop shopping’ portal for a wide variety of neuroscience resources. If you would ike tohelp by serving as a beta-testor for this effort, contact Erin Reid (

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