F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center

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The Program in Neurobiology at Boston Children's Hospital, including the F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center, is the largest basic neuroscience research enterprise at a U.S. hospital. It incorporates basic and translational neuroscience research, focusing primarily on developmental neurobiology.

Led by Clifford Woolf, MB, BCh, PhD, the Kirby Center occupies three floors of the Center for Life Science building. Its members aim to understand--at the genetic, molecular, cellular and systems level--how the circuitry of the nervous system is established and functions, and how disturbances caused by genetic mutations, environmental inputs and injury can produce intellectual and other neuro-developmental disorders. We believe success is contingent on the highest quality multidisciplinary basic research, with close interaction between basic scientists and clinicians.



Larry Benowitz, PhD

Optic nerve regeneration and CNS reorganization after injury

Chinfei Chen, MD, PhD

Synaptic plasticity

Gabriel Corfas, PhD

Neuron-glia interactions and their roles in development and disease

Michael Do, PhD

Regulation of physiology and behavior by light

Elizabeth Engle, MD

Congenital eye movement disorders

Michela Fagiolini, PhD

Experience-dependent visual plasticity; neurodevelopmental disorders, including Rett syndrome

Gwenaelle Geleoc, PhD

Functional development of sensory hair cells in the inner ear

Xi He, PhD 

Cell-cell communication; early nervous system development; Wnt family of secreted morphogens and signaling; cancer; skeletal and neurologic diseases

Zhigang He, PhD, BM

Axon regeneration

Takao Hensch, PhD

Critical periods in brain development

Jeffrey Holt

Molecular basis of sensory signals in hearing and deafness

Gabriel Kreiman, PhD, MSc

Computations in the brain and the functional architecture of neuronal circuits

Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD

Molecular and cellular biology of brain tumors

Paul Rosenberg, MD, PhD

Physiology and pathology of glutamate transporters in the central nervous system; molecular mechanisms of brain injury; mechanisms of homeostatic sleep regulation

Mustafa Sahin, MD, PhD

Axon development and neurologic disease

Thomas Schwarz, PhD

Neurotransmitter secretion, membrane trafficking, synapse development, axonal transport; Parkinson's disease

Judith A. J. Steen, PhD

Neurodegenerative diseases; Proteomics and bioinformatics

Beth Stevens, PhD

Neuron-glia signaling, synapse development, and plasticity

Hisashi Umemori, MD, PhD

Wiring the functional brain

Joseph Volpe, MD

Brain injury in premature infants

Clifford Woolf MB, BCh, PhD

Pain, Formation of neural circuits, Regeneration

Boston Children’s Hospital presents: The F.M. Kirby Symposium Neurobiology  of Neural Diseases 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center 




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