Environmentally-induced disturbances of the central nervous system are relevant for all stages of life. Cognitive impairment can occur at the beginning of life, e.g. due to misdirected brain development, as well as in aging, e.g. as premature brain aging processes. IUF therefore performs specific projects regarding (i) environmentally-induced disturbances of brain development (so called developmental neurotoxicity (DNT)) and (ii) environmentally-induced neurodegenerative or brain aging processes. This work focuses on species dependent effects of environmental noxae, in particular between nematodes, rodents and humans.
The following working groups contribute to research field 3: