Peter Wenner, PhD

Associate Professor

Emory University School of Medicine

Office: Department of Physiology

Phone: 404 727-1517

Fax: 04 727-2648

Email: pwenner@emory.edu

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

615 Michael Street

Whitehead Research Building, room 601
Rm 645 Whitehead Bldg. Rm 635

Atlanta, GA 30322

Biography

Education: From PhD/MD to current position. 

1987-1993, Ph.D. Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Anatomy and Cell Science, Pittsburgh, PA  15261

1993 – 1997 - IRTA Fellow, NIH, NINDS, Lab of Neural Control (LNLC)

Bethesda, MD 20892 

1997 – 2001 - Senior Staff Fellow, NIH, NINDS, LNLC

Bethesda, MD 20892

Research Area:  Neurodevelopmental/Homeostatic  Plasticity

Research

Normally-behaving neural networks have an amazing capacity to maintain themselves within working activity ranges through homeostatic adjustments to cellular excitability, glutamatergic and GABAergic synaptic strength (homeostatic plasticity). 

We study the triggers and mechanisms that underlie these forms of plasticity in developing circuits in order to understand why homeostatic mechanisms are in some cases (spasticity, seizure) incapable of maintaining normal activity levels, and to identify how triggers of homeostatic plasticity could inappropriately lead to hyperexcitable states associated with neural injury and disease (spinal cord injury, autism).

Publications