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Richard D. Mooney, Ph.D.

 Associate Professor
 
Office: 120E Block Health Science Building

Tel: 419-383-4023

 

Fax: 419-383-3008

 
Email:  richard.mooney@utoledo.edu
 
 
 
Education:
 

1976 PhD, University of Minnesota
1976-1979, National Eye Institute NRSA, University of Colorado

 
 
Research Interests:
 

Mammalian brain development and capacity for nerve cell circuits in the brain to reorganize following injury to peripheral and central portions of the nervous system.  The main questions involve:  1. how nerve cells use chemical and physiological instructions to reach their targets and form accurate connections during development and 2. types of rearrangements, including compensation and decompensation, in neural circuitry after brain damage or peripheral nerve injury.  

 
Research Techniques:
 

Brain development and neural reorganization is studied in rats, primarily, using in vivo and in vitro electrophysiology and anatomical techniques that reveal individual nerve fibers and patterning in groups of fibers. Chemical guidance cues within the brain are assayed chiefly using immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization.  Recently, nascent efforts also include use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, structural and functional approaches) to address related issues about brain alterations in humans who have suffered limb injury and loss due to trauma or vascular disease.

References (partial list):
 

Lane RD , Chiaia NL, Kesterson KL, Rhoades RW, Mooney RD. Boundary-limited serotonergic influences on pattern organization in rat sensory cortex. Neurosci Lett. 2005;395:165-169.

Wang X, Bauer W, Chiaia N, Dennis M, Gerken M, Hummel J, Kane J, Kenmuir C, Khuder S, Lane R, Mooney R, Bazeley P, Apkarian V, Wall J. Longitudinal MRI evaluations of human global cortical thickness over minutes to weeks. Neurosci Lett. 2008;441:145-48.

Lane RD, Pluto CP, Kenmuir CL, Chiaia NL, Mooney RD. Does reorganization in the cuneate nucleus following neonatal forelimb amputation influence development of anomalous circuits within the somatosensory cortex? J Neurophysiol. 2008; 99:866-875.

Last Updated: 6/26/15