Translational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (TCNLab)
Welcome to the TCNLab. The driving force behind all of the work in our lab is exactly as the name suggests: we want to understand the neuroscience of cognition, and to facilitate translation of that understanding from animal models to humans and back again. Historically our interest has been in the basic research question: What is the organization, and what are the mechanisms, underlying cognition in the brain? We like to think we have come up with some answers, but to do so, we have needed to develop some new methodologies … some of which you can find out about in more detail here.
More recently we have expanded our activities to include more applied research, transferring the knowledge, and especially the methodologies, gained from our basic research stream, into the areas of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disease and drug discovery. You can read about some of our research themes here. We are a highly collaborative laboratory, and enjoy productive working relationships with a number of researcher groups and consortia.
Our lab works very closely with BrainsCAN – a neuroscience research initiative located at Western University that aims to transform the way brain diseases and disorders are understood, diagnosed and treated. Through its innovative funding programs and core infrastructure, BrainsCAN is accelerating effective solutions for maintaining a healthy brain. Our team partners with the BrainsCAN Rodent Cognition Core (RCC), more details of which you can read about here.