Visual Formation & Organization

James Dunbar
Kyle Cheung
COLLABORATORS
Dr. Stephen Eglen, Department of Applied Math
& Theoretical Physics - Cambridge University U.K.
Dr. Uwe Drescher, MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental
Disorder - King's College London U.K.
We study the principles and molecular mechanisms controlling the organization of the visual maps and connectivity in the superior colliculus, a midbrain structure involved in the processing of different senses -vision, audition and touch- and in the control of attention.
This is important because during eye disease or after brain injury such as stroke or trauma, the brain compensates and adapts to the loss of visual information or to altered vision processing by reorganizing the visual connectivity. Understanding how this reorganization works can help us to design strategies to make this adaptation more efficient.