Welcome to the Web site of Manuel F. Casanova, M.D., Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of Louisville.


August 1–2
Anatomical and functional modularity of the cerebral cortex at the Hank Wagner conference center, Rudd Heart and Lung Center, 201 Abraham Flexner Way, Louisville


The focus of Dr. Casanova’s research is the study of cortical circuitry abnormalities in psychiatric conditions. Previous work established: 1) the validity of the cell minicolumn as a template for cortical organization and, 2) how interhemispheric differences in the morphometry of minicolumns provided for the speciation of hominids.

More recent studies have looked for the presence of abnormalities of minicolumnar organization and lateralization in the brains of patients who exhibit language disturbances including, autism, Asperger's syndrome, and dyslexia.

Dr. Casanova's work has used brain imaging, molecular biology, and neuropathological approaches. A major emphasis of Dr. Casanova's laboratory is education and multiple undegraduate and graduate students participate in research activities every year. The laboratory enjoys funding from multiple government and private agencies.

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Contact persons for this Web site are Manuel F. Casanova (principal investigator) and Andrew E. Switala (administrator).