DISEASES IN FOCUS: ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE - SCHIZOPHRENIA - DEPRESSION - EPILEPSY - DISORDER OF BIORHYTHMS - NEUROPATHIC PAIN - NEURODEGENERATION - AUTISM - INBORN COGNITIVE DEFECTS - CHANNELOPATHIES
Neuroscience research covers studies aimed at understanding basic physiological and pathological processes related to human neurological and psychiatric diseases. Investigations at the system level study integrative functions of the central nervous system that include cognitive functions (memory, spatial orientation or learning), chronic pain, and epilepsy. At the cellular level circadian rhythms (i.e. processes repeated rhythmically during a 24-hour period) and pathophysiological mechanisms of drug addictions are investigated. Studies at the molecular level are aimed at revealing the biochemical principles of signal transmission from one cell to another, structural and functional correlations of neurotransmitter receptor activation and modulation by biological and pharmacological compounds. Aspects of neural transmission are studied in vivo, in vitro as well as theoretically using computer simulations and modelling.