Dr. Prakash Kara
Landmark Study of Visual Neural Circuitry Published in Nature
In last week’s issue of the prestigious journal Nature, Dr. Prakash Kara and his colleagues in the Department of Neurosciences published a study that described how their high-resolution imaging technology has revealed circuits in the brain that process depth (or 3D) information. The investigators discovered that these cells in the brain related to seeing the environment in 3D through both eyes are not scattered across the brain randomly. Instead, the cells are organized in a precise functional map, which aligns itself optimally with other visual maps in the brain. The unique arrangement of these maps in a normal, healthy brain provide important clues as to how multiple cues in the environment (the orientation, direction, and depth of objects) can be simultaneously represented in the brain. Since these circuits are most likely to be affected in some forms of neural blindness, Dr. Kara’s work will serve as a benchmark for tracking changes in the wiring of circuits in the brain in various childhood disorders.
Dr. Prakash Kara joined MUSC in 2005 after completing his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosciences. With grant support from the National Institutes of Health, the Dana and Whitehall Foundations, Dr. Kara’s research laboratory uses high-resolution imaging methods to study the development and refinement of connections in the brain during early childhood.
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