We are driven to understand emotional brain circuits and their malfunctions, combining various neurobiological techniques, from molecular biology to behavioral assays.
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Connections of the amygdala

The amygdala is a central element of the brain’s emotional network, but there are a lot of unresolved questions around this brain region.

Investigation of the basic mechanisms of absence epilepsy

We would like to identify those elements of the thalamocortical circuitry which are involved in the initiation and maintenance of epileptic events

Regulation of arousal level by midline thalamic and prefrontal cortical connections

The midline thalamus has a key role in the regulation of working memory, cognitive processing and sleep-wake transition, as well as in controlling cortical oscillations.

The reward system and the medial prefrontal cortex

Investigating neural circuits that control reward learning is crucial if we want to understand healthy behavior or disorders like addiction.