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Takao K. Hensch Neurologist

Takao Hensch’s research focuses on critical periods in brain development. By applying cellular and molecular biology techniques to neural systems, his lab identified pivotal inhibitory circuits which orchestrate structural and functional rewiring of connections in response to early sensory experience.

More recently, Hensch has focused on molecular ‘brakes’ which actively limit plasticity in the adult brain. His work impacts not only basic understanding of brain development, but also therapeutic approaches to devastating cognitive disorders, recovery from brain injury later in life and potentially education policy.


NIH Director's Pioneer Award, 2007.

US Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award, 2005.

Young Investigator Award-Tsukahara Prize, 2001.

Relevant Publications

T.K. Hensch, "Critical period regulation," Annu. Rev. Neurosci., vol. 27, pp. 549-579, 2004.


T. K. Hensch and M. Fagiolini, Eds., Excitatory-Inhibitory Balance: Synapses, Circuits, Systems. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2004.



Senior Fellow Child & Brain Development


Harvard UniversityDepartment of Molecular and Cellular Biology


PhD (Neuroscience) University of California San Francisco


United States

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