Hearing and Balance/Touch and Nociception/Olfaction/Taste/Vision
The sensory systems of touch, taste, smell, hearing and balance, vision and pain are windows into the brain because they are at the interface between the external world and the mind. They convert real world stimuli into electrical signals, the language of the brain, which allow animals and humans to experience the world around them. Deficits in these sensory systems collectively affect more than 300 million people worldwide with devastating consequences for quality of life. Neuroscientists at the University of Virginia are studying the development, regeneration, genetics and physiology of sensory systems. Information gained from these studies will form the foundation of future treatments for loss of sensory function.