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Brain, Body and Cognition Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The BBCO research group focuses its research on the comprehensive study of mental processes and their biological (brain and body) correlates in different domains of human functioning and behavior, such as cognition, social judgment, affect, well-being and sleep. Without doubt, the study of the brain and body, and its related mental processes is at the forefront of current research in many disciplines of psychology. Together with behavioral ...

Laboratory of Neuronal Communication (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research) KU Leuven

The research interests of the Laboratory of Neuronal Communication are defined as:

Altered synaptic communication has been identified as one of the leading causes of various neurological and psychiatric disorders, yet the underlying molecular mechanisms remain unresolved. Hence, establishing an understanding of synaptic communication at the molecular level in relation to neurological disease, in particular Parkinson’s disease, would be ...

Laboratory of Glia Biology (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research) KU Leuven


The long-term goal of Laboratory of Glia Biologyis to understand the molecular mechanisms that control development and function of astrocytes in vivo, and how they interact with neurons.
Our strategy is to use astrocytes isolated from mouse brain as a starting point. This allows us to effectively take a “bottom up” approach to astrocyte function. In a first step, we are combining state-of-the-art biochemical and physiological techniques ...

Laboratory for Neurobiology (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research) KU Leuven

The Laboratory of Neurobiology focuses on the mechanisms of acute and chronic axonal and neuronal degeneration and regeneration, aiming to contribute to the development of new therapeutic strategies for neurodegenerative disorders. We intensively study motor neuron diseases (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and hereditary motor neuropathies), frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and stroke.

Laboratory of Ion Channel Research (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research) KU Leuven


The Laboratory of Ion Channel Research. main interest is the mammalian TRP channel family, a class of structurally related non selective cation channels, some of which mediate Ca2+-entry in response to activation of phospholipase C (PLC) . Others act as cellular sensors that translate fluctuations in environmental parameters, such as thermal (heat, cold), mechanical (touch) and chemical (tastants) stimuli, into changes in membrane ...

Laboratory for the Research of Neurodegenerative Diseases (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research) KU Leuven


The Laboratory for the Research of Neurodegenerative Diseases performes research into the fundamental molecular processes that underlay neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Their work has also contributed to insights into general physiologically mechanisms, in particular, the understanding of regulated intramembrane proteolysis as an important signaling mechanism in health and disease. They have demonstrated the ...

Human Physiology and Sports Physiotherapy Research Group Vrije Universiteit Brussel


The research group MFYS explores the interaction of exercise on neurochemistry and neurophysiology. The research is concentrated at several levels: Fundamental – Physiological research; Applied – Clinical research and Benchmarking – Policy making research.
Most of the research projects progress through these 3 levels, starting from fundamental studies (e.g. animal studies) through applied, clinical trials, which could lead to ...