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Leonard E. White, Associate Professor in Neurology and Neurosciences and Associate Director for Education of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Associate Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery of Orthopaedics and Faculty Network Member of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Leonard E. White

Functional architecture of the visual cortex; role of sensory experience in development

One important goal of neuroscience is to understand the fundamental principles that shape the developing brain. To achieve this goal, it is necessary to characterize the interactions between sensorimotor behavior, self-organization, and genetically programmed mechanisms of brain development. This interplay between intrinsic and experience-dependent factors is most dynamic during early life, at a time of explosive increase in the numbers and complexity of neural connections. It is precisely this increase in neural capacity that makes possible the rich repertoire of behavior associated with functional maturity. My primary interest is to understand how sensorimotor experience in early life influences — for better or worse — the formation and maturation of functional neural circuits in the cerebral cortex. My collaborators and I believe that our studies are providing insight into the nature of normal brain development and the consequences of disrupting the partnership between intrinsic developmental mechanisms and early sensorimotor experience.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  M056 Levine Science Research Center, 308 Research Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 613-5028
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Spring 2018):

  • INTERDIS 103B.41, BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR Synopsis
    TBA, 12:00 AM-11:59 PM
  • PT-D 612.01, BODY AND BRAIN II Synopsis
    TBA, 12:00 AM-12:00 AM
  • NEUROBIO 702.01, BASIC NEUROBIOLOGY Synopsis
    SEE INSTRU, MTuWThF 08:45 AM-04:45 PM
Education:

Ph.D.Washington University1992
Keywords:

Anatomy • Biological Evolution • Brain Mapping • Cerebral Cortex • Curriculum • Diffusion Tensor Imaging • Dogs • Dominance, Cerebral • Dominance, Ocular • Education • Encephalitis, Viral • Ferrets • Functional Laterality • Herpesvirus 6, Human • Infant • Infant, Newborn • Motion • Motion Perception • Neural Pathways • Orientation • Retina • Sensory Deprivation • Staining and Labeling • Visual Cortex • Visual Pathways • Visual Perception


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