Experiments using animal models provide enormous knowledge on basic mechanism of functional disorders of the human brain. Many experimental procedures including genetic engineering greatly contribute to explore intriguing new treatments. On the other hand, human brain has much more complexity with different dimensions than animal brains. Therefore, many functional disorders of the brain have to be investigated in humans per se. Recent advances in non-invasive imaging/modulatory techniques including magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, transcranial magnetic stimulation and other methods enable us to examine morphology and function in living humans. In this area, translational investigation is in progress on animals and humans with bridging basic research and clinical practice. We will promote challenging research on neurological, behavioral, psychological, psychiatric, or psychosomatic disorders as well as disorders of perception including vision, auditory information, olfactory function, taste, somatic sensation or visceral perception.
disorders of sensory organs, human brain imaging, neurological disorders, psychiatric disorders, psychosomatic disorders, translational research