Our research focuses on the cerebellum, the “little brain,” which makes up about 10% of the brain's volume, but contains more neurons than the rest of the brain combined. The cerebellum plays a role in the coordination of motor skills, but also contributes to cognition and emotion. By understanding non-motor functions of the cerebellum, we hope to develop a more holistic approach to clinical treatment than is currently available to patients with cerebellar disorders.
Our research takes a cognitive neuroscience approach to understanding non-motor cerebellar function. This has led us to examine brain function in a diverse range of clinical populations, including those with cerebellar ataxia, HIV, drug dependence, and Lyme disease. Our research methods include experimental cognitive testing, neuroimaging, brain stimulation, and eye-tracking.
Our research is currently funded by: the National Institutes of Health, the National Ataxia Foundation, and two anonymous donors.