Research at the GIGA-Neurosciences spans an impressively diverse array of questions and techniques. Since its creation in 2009, research at the GIGA-Neurosciences focuses on the cellular and molecular underpinnings of normal central and peripheral nervous systems development and function. In addition, researchers at the GIGA-Neurosciences investigate the causes related to the failure of those functions and particularly in the case of epilepsy, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, autism spectrum disorders, depression, deafness and sexual orientation and gender identity disorder. GIGA neuroscientists accomplish their research goals using a wide range of methods to identify and manipulate the molecular components of cells. These approaches involve extensive interdisciplinary skills including expertise in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, anatomy, behaviour, cellular imaging and electrophysiological recordings and the testing of transgenic animals.