Investigating neuroplasticity and its applications for improving global health

The Keck Lab is working to understand the mechanisms of neuroplasticity and their consequences for behavior during healthy ageing or after extremely stressful events, as well as how neuroplasticity is disrupted during ageing-related diseases. Our long-term goals are to understand how neuroplasticity works in the healthy brain and how this might be leveraged improve functional recovery and rehabilitation.

Specifically, we use mechanistic approaches to understand how different forms of neuroplasticity interact to facilitate functional changes after environmental stresses or during disease states. We complement these studies with population studies done in collaboration with the United Nations and NGOs to identify critical aspects for healthy brain plasticity. Our work has a particular focus on people living in low- or middle-income countries, as well as underserved groups in society, including older people and women.


Check out highlights of our recent work and engagement: 

Key risk factors for loneliness in older people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia                                                               

UN Panel on loneliness and social isolation                                                                                                                                       

International Federation on Ageing: Discussion on supporting older people during COVID-19                                     

Impacts of healthy ageing activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina                                                                                                     

A preview about our paper on synaptic homeostatic plasticity                                                                                                       

A preview about our paper on sub-network cortical plasticity