Translational Neuroscience Core

Kennedy Krieger Institute Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
Translational Neuroscience Core

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Core Personnel
Core Director: Mary Blue, Ph.D.
Core Co-Director: Paul Watkins, M.D., Ph.D.

Core Keywords
Synaptic neurochemistry; histology imaging; liquid chromatography; lipid biochemistry; general mass spectrometry; intellectual disabilities; developmental disabilities; preclinical model analysis; animal models; clinical trials; brain imaging; assays

Core Description

The Translational Neuroscience Core provides investigators with access to expertise in the analysis of preclinical (animal and human) models of developmental disorders and analysis of relevant clinical samples. Another primary goal of the Translational Neuroscience Core is to facilitate the transfer of basic discoveries to clinical trials. To achieve these objectives, the Core faculty includes scientists with expertise in modeling developmental disorders in animals, and experts who can perform assays that can unravel relevant biochemical/metabolic mechanisms that are not available elsewhere within the Hopkins community. Many of the investigators utilizing the Translational Neuroscience Core are interested in visualizing effects on the brain, and therefore the Core provides training and access to histology and preclinical imaging facilities. Another major function is to provide a group of highly specialized assays that target metabolites and molecules of relevance to intellectual and developmental disorders.

Last Edited: 06/10/17 12:00 AM by Corina Miclea