University of Wisconsin–Madison

Robert A. Pearce

Chair and Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

rapearce@wisc.edu

(608) 263-0208

Robert Pearce headshot

Education:

M.D., Ph.D. University of Virginia-Charlottesville

Research Focus:

Inhibitory Synaptic Transmission, Hippocampal Function, and Mechanisms of Anesthetic Action

Research Description:

Research in my laboratory is focused on understanding how anesthetics and other drugs that target GABA receptors control memory formation and consciousness. Using expressed recombinant receptors, hippocampal brain slice preparations, and multichannel in vivo recordings from the hippocampus, we are investigating how inhibitory circuits support and control network activity. We are particularly interested in identifying the molecular components and functional properties of different types of inhibitory synapses that are found on the dendrites of pyramidal neurons and interneurons, and in determining their roles in generating or controlling complex circuit responses, such as theta and gamma oscillations, and in regulating synaptic plasticity.

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