Division of Behavioral Development, Department of Developmental Physiology
(chaired by Prof. Tadashi Isa)

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Tadashi Isa 


Last Update 2013/5/8

Division of Behavioral Development, Department of Developmental Physiology (previous Higher Brain Function Project in the Department of Integrative Physiology) started when Tadashi Isa moved to the National Institute for Physiological Sciences (NIPS) in 1996. We are studying the cognitive functions such as attention and awareness by using the eye movements as a probe. In addition we are also studying the neural circuits controlling the dexterous hand movements and its compensatory mechanism after spinal cord injury.
We aim at integrating the knowledge obtained in different hierarchical levels of research. To this goal, we are combining behavioral electrophysiology in awake monkeys, PET imaging of brain activation in awake monkey, electrophysiological experiments in anesthetized animals, patch clamp experiments in vitro slice preparations and analysis of rapid eye movements in awake mice
l Our group was awarded the 2005 Human Frontier Science Program Research Grant with doug Munoz (Kingston, Canada), Jan Theeuwes (Amsterdam, Netherland) and Laurent Itti (California, USA) (27 projects awarded among 719 applications). Title of our research collaboration is "Neural substrate of bottom-up and top-down attentional integration). We will start 3 years collaboration from May, 2005.
Our group was awarded the grant "the Core Research for the Evolutionary Science and Technology (CREST)" of Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST). We have initiated the 5 year collaboration on "Compensatory mechanisms after brain damage" with groups of Tokyo Metropolitan Institute for Neuroscience, Riken Genomic Science Center, AIST, and Kyoto University Primate Research Institute, since October, 2004.

Prof. Tadashi Isa