I study the cellular physiology of the mammalian brain. Most of my work centers on the neocortex, which is responsible for thinking, remembering, processing sensory information, and controlling movement. The neocortex is a vast network of interconnected neurons. My research group studies the properties of these neurons, their synaptic connections, and the characteristics of cortical networks. We are also interested in the mechanisms of epileptic seizures.
Barry Connors received his PhD in physiology and pharmacology from Duke in 1979, then did postdoctoral work at Stanford and later joined the faculty there. He moved to Brown in 1987, and is currently Professor and Chairman of the Dept. of Neuroscience, and L. Herbert Ballou University Professor. Dr. Connors' research focuses on the neurons of the cerebral cortex and thalamus, the physiological properties of their electrical and chemical synapses, and the normal and abnormal behavior of small neural networks.
BARRY CONNORS, Ph.D., Duke University
On The Web:
Electrical synapses in the cerebral cortex
Electrical synapses and circadian rhythms
New neuronal gap junction blocker
Plasticity of electrical synapses
Mechanisms of feedforward inhibition
"Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain"
Michael Long and birdsong
Carole Landisman and electrical synapses
Michael Beierlein and synaptic functions
Erika Fanselow and inhibitory circuits
Manuel Castro-Alamancos and cortical processing
Larry Cauller, neurointeractivist
Yael Amitai and cortical functions
Aric Agmon and cortical development
Layer 1 circuits in prefrontal cortex
Gerald Finnerty and cortical plasticity
Jay Gibson and cortical circuits
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