Research Cores

CNAP supports three research cores that provide access to research facilities, equipment, and other tools and professionals to assist with CNAP-affiliated research projects.

Behavioral Neuroscience Core

The Behavioral Neuroscience (BN) Core is located in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kansas State University, and houses five laboratories which conduct their primary research activities within the space. The BN Core also provides support and equipment for use by other CNAP-affiliated researchers. The Core supports neuroplasticity research using animal models, with the overall goal of promoting the ability of CNAP researchers to compete for extramural funding by providing access to research space, animal care services, and research equipment. Combined, our facilities, equipment and services enable affiliated researchers to conduct cutting-edge behavioral neuroscience research.

Cognitive Neuroscience Core

The Cognitive Neuroscience (CN) Core supports human cognitive neuroscience research on plasticity. The CN Core works as a collaboration with multiple researchers, professors, and undergraduates. The Core provides access to a trio of EEG systems, including a Bio Semi 64 electrode system, EGI 64 electrode system, and an OpenBCI mobile system with 16 electrodes. Phase 2 will also feature the addition of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and repetitive TMS (rTMS) to this Core. The Core Director and other CN Core staff have developed a suite of tools to assist researchers conducting studies in the Core, and staff are available to assist with a full range of services, including participant recruitment, experiment set up, and data analysis.

Neuroinformatics Core

The Neuroinformatics (NI) Core is located in the Beocat high-performance computing center in the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering. The NI Core leverages both the space and computing capabilities of Beocat. The NI Core’s goal is to promote the ability of CNAP researchers to compete for extramural funding by providing access to advanced computational modeling techniques and technologies. Multiple funding agencies, including NIH and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have emphasized informatics as a priority and the NI Core has worked to put CNAP junior faculty ahead of the curve in bringing these technologies into their research programs. The Core supports research activities, access to infrastructure, and training and outreach.