The Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego has two distinct research agendas - a practical one and a theoretical one.

Our practical agenda: develop new therapeutic approaches for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric conditions such as chronic pain, stroke, anorexia and childhood autism.

Our theoretical agenda: understand the neural basis of perception, cognition, language, attention and memory.

V.S. Ramachandran is the director of the Center for Brain and Cognition.

Professor John Smythies and his collaborator Larry Edelstein recently published a review of current hypotheses about the role of exosomes and homeoproteins in neural signaling, in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

The Washington Post recently covered CBC graduate student Miren Edelstein's research on misophonia, a chronic condition in which typically innocuous sounds evoke anxiety or panic. Miren's findings were published last year in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Professor John Smythies, along with Larry Edelstein and V. S. Ramachandran, recently published a book (available from Eslevier) on the neurobiology of the claustrum, including a hypothesis about its possible role in consciousness.

In 2011, Time Magainze named V.S. Ramachandran one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Laura Case successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, "How the body can feel wrong: Sensory processing and neural body representation in transexuality and anorexia nervosa". She is now a postdoctoralal researcher at the National Institute of Health. Congratulations, Dr. Case!