Never a dull nervous system

Posted on November 1, 2011

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Did you know sea slugs can help us learn about memory? Or experimenting with flies can teach us about our sense of smell?

It’s true. Just ask students in Dominican University’s neuroscience program. A rapidly developing field, neuroscience studies the brain and nervous system. To explore this “innermost frontier” requires many fields — biology, psychology, chemistry and more.

Fascinating stuff, especially the research.

Dominican collaborates with state-of-the-art labs. For example, Tim Lazicki (’11) conducted brain imaging research in the magneto-encephalography (MEG) lab at Alexian Brothers Medical Center, the first center in Illinois to have this technology.

“Through this research, I found that neuroscience is what I want to do,” Tim explains. His work could someday help people with autism, epilepsy or traumatic brain injuries.

A Tellabs Foundation grant will help Dominican University purchase technology for its neuroscience lab. The new system will amplify and record the small electrical signals relayed between nerve cells.

The technology will expand the range of topics the faculty can teach in the classroom. It also creates more independent research opportunities for students.

And when students are fully engaged in their own scientific inquiry — stand back. There’s no limit to what they can do.

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