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Cowan Laboratory

Dr. Cowan’s research laboratory explores the genes and molecular mechanisms that control proper brain wiring during development, and they seek to understand the roles of these molecules in the young and adult brain under pathological conditions, such as autism, intellectual disability, drug addiction, and depression. The lab utilizes a broad array of experimental approaches to gain a better understanding about the underlying regulation, or dysregulation, of healthy brain function, and they take an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to address these important topics for human mental health.

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Chris Cowan, chairman of the Department of Neuroscience, observes Adam Harrington and Catherine Bridges at work. Harrington and Bridges are joint lead authors of a new paper about MEF2C haploinsufficiency syndrome.

Gifts support Dr. Cowan's ongoing research projects investigating the underlying causes and novel treatment strategies for symptoms of MEF2C-Haploinsufficiency Syndrome. For additional information, please contact Lindsay D. Finneran, Director of Development, at

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