The TNS:CAS research group under the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences looks at the function of cognitive and affective neural systems, and the influences and implications of external and internal environments on typical human development and the rehabilitation of people with special needs. Researchers in this group have diverse expertise and academic backgrounds, ranging from neuroscientists using human and animal models in their research to clinical scientists working with patients with various disabilities.
Research topics include:
- how cognitive-affective systems process information at the cellular and system level,
- how lifespan development, pathology and the external environment (physical, psychosocial, pollution) impact on the structure and function of neural systems,
- how intervention and clinical practice can enhance untapped neural function, or combat pathological change and degeneration of neural systems.
This research engages multidisciplinary expertise such as biomedical engineering, computer science, computational science, design and engineering, electrophysiology, mathematics and statistics, magnetic resonance physics, and physiology. The state-of-the-art equipment deployed by our researchers are mainly housed in different laboratories in the department and the University Research Facility in Behavioural and Systems Neuroscience (UBSN). The works published by our researchers appear in prestigious scientific journals such as Cerebral Cortex, Nature Communications, Nature Neuroscience, Neuron and PNAS. Researchers in this group are active in seeking external major research grants to support their work, for example from the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (General Research Fund, Collaborative Research Fund and Research Impact Fund), the Health and Medical Research Fund, the Innovation and Technology Fund of Hong Kong, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China.