Center for Neurotechnology and Behavior

With recent advances in technology sparking a revolution in the field of neuroscience, there are new tools to be forged, new questions to be asked, and entirely new paradigms to be imagined. The Center for Neurotechnology and Behavior at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai leverages this momentum to advance our understanding of how the brain works in healthy and diseased individuals.

The Center for Neurotechnology and Behavior brings together leaders in the Neuroscience field using cutting-edge neurotechnology. The emergence of new imaging techniques, more powerful data analyses, and genetic tools allows us to dissect and analyze neural circuits in ways not previously thought. Through implementation of sophisticated technologies such as multiphoton laser microscopes, miniaturized cameras, and photonic chemistry, we are developing novel tools in neuroscience.  For example, researchers are creating optical biosensors for detecting the release of neuropeptides in vivo, and for synthesizing new chemicals to provide spatiotemporal control of neurotransmitter release with light.

Our Center’s members are probing circuits involved in drug addiction, anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and other disorders of the brain and nervous system. Through this combination of talent and technology, the Center for Neurotechnology and Behavior hopes to achieve the kind of scientific discoveries that reach beyond the laboratory, in order to provide new therapies for treating individual affected by a range of neurological conditions.