Welcome to the Brain Development and Disorders Lab
Our lab is striving to understand how brain circuits are formed during development and how these circuits mediate behavior. Our studies focus on the development and function of interhemispheric connections of the mammalian brain, and we study animals and people with altered brain wiring.
The corpus callosum is the largest interhemispheric connection in the brain of placental mammals. It forms during prenatal life; in humans this occurs between 12-20 weeks gestation. To understand the development and function of the corpus callosum, we study corpus callosum dysgenesis (CCD), investigating the causes of these disorders, how the brain’s circuitry is altered in CCD, and how these changes might affect cognition. We are also studying the development of circuits in the brain of a marsupial fat-tailed dunnart.
If you are interested in our science and would like to join our team, please contact Dr. Richards.
The Richards lab is led by Professor Linda Richards. We are composed of individuals with different backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs.
Our studies focus on the development and function of interhemispheric connections in animals and people with altered brain wiring.
Volunteer for Research
If you or someone you know has lived experience with Corpus Callosum Dysgenesis, there are opportunities to volunteer for our research.