Laboratory of Neural Circuit Dynamics
Principal Investigator: Fritjof Helmchen
Zurich Brain Research Institute
To study neural circuit function our research is focused on advancing and applying in vivo high-resolution imaging methods, with a particular emphasis on neocortical microcircuitry. The lab’s specific goals are to reveal principles of single-cell and local network computation and to decipher the neural codes governing information processing as well as circuit plasticity.
Two-photon laser-scanning microscopy has become the method of choice for imaging nerual dynamics on the cellular level in the intact brain. The particular advantage of 2-photon microscopy is its reduced sensitivity to light scattering so that individual cells with their dendrites can be resolved several hundreds of micrometers deep in neural tissue in living animals
BRAIN Initiative Grant – “Multi-area two-photon microscopy for revealing long-distance communication between multiple local brain circuits”
Phone: +41 44 635 3340
Address: Winterthurerstrasse 190