Dr. Andre Fenton

Dr. Andre Fenton

Education:

B.Sc. BiologyMcGill University, MontrealGerald Pollackneurobiology of crickets
Research AssistantInstitute of Physiology, PragueBureš labinterhemispheric transfer of information
Ph.D.SUNY Downstate neurons involved in navigation and spatial memory

 

Post-doctoral:

Laboratory HeadInstitute of Physiology, PragueDept. Neurophysiology of MemoryInvented rotating arena tasks, place cell overdispersion and during navigation
Breakthrough in neuroscienceSUNY DownstateWith Dr. Todd Sacktorimportance of protein kinase M zeta for maintaining memory and long-term potentiation
co-founded Bio-Signal Groupmedtech company develops and sells miniaturized electroencephalography (EEG) machines and easy-to-use electrodes to assess brain function by measuring electrical brain activity from the scalps of people
Professor of neural scienceNew York UniversityNeurobiology of Cognition Laboratorymolecular, neural, behavioral and computational aspects of memory

About me:

We are investigating the role of the hippocampus in controlling how we choose relevant information to process, by studying the interaction of memories and neural activity in signaling information from multiple spatial frames. While rats and mice solve problems that require using relevant information and ignoring distractions, we make recordings from multiple sites and use computational tools to decode information from these recordings about cognitive variables like current location, memory, attention, and cognitive control. Evidence from this work suggests that neural activity is exquisitely coordinated on multiple time scales from milliseconds to minutes, so that neurons that represent the same information discharge together in time, but are desynchronized when representing conflicting information. We are studying specific disturbances of this neural coordination in rat and mouse models of schizophrenia, intellectual disability, autism, depression, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.

We have developed an inexpensive, miniature, wireless digital device for recording electrical brain activity from rats that have spontaneous seizures and abnormalities of neural coordination.Together with business and engineering partners, we founded Bio-Signal Group Corp. and have developed our brain-recording technology for medical applications in both conventional and novel clinical settings. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic André organized a volunteer group that designed and implemented a CPAP-Oxygen helmet treatment for COVID-19 in Nigeria and other LMICs and founded Med2.0 to use information technology for the patient-centric coordination of behavioral health services that is desperately needed to equitably deliver care for mental health. André hosts “The Data Set” a new web series launching this winter on how data and analytics are being used to solve some of humanity’s biggest problems.