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Neural Modeling

This Section attempts to understand the neuronal and mechanical processes that underlie our ability to coordinate vision and action. This understanding is necessary to discover the root causes of, and ultimately find therapies for, a wide range of diseases that impair our ability to interact with the outside world. In neuroscience, as in all quantitative scientific fields, models are needed to discriminate amongst competing theories, guide experimental design, subdivide overall processes into their basic components, and generate quantitative predictions about the outcome of future experiments and potential therapies. The Section develops and tests mathematical models of sensory and motor function that are based on experimental and clinical observations. Our goal is to develop models with biological homologies that can establish a theoretical link between normal sensory and motor function and clinical deficits in vision and eye movements. Using this link, we can improve diagnosis and treatment of many clinical disorders.

Staff Title E-mail
Lance M. Optican, Ph.D.
PubMed Author Search
Chief lmo@lsr.nei.nih.gov
Christian Quaia Staff Scientist quaiac@nei.nih.gov
Elena Pretegiani Postdoctoral Fellow elena.pretegiani@nih.gov


Department of Health and Human Services NIH, the National Institutes of Health USA.gov