Mind & Brain Health Labs


The Mind & Brain Health Labs foster multidisciplinary research programs and activities of personnel devoted to basic, translational, and clinical research on human neurocognitive performance across laboratory and real world settings. Using sophisticated cognitive assessment tools, high-fidelity driving simulation, and sensor-based measures of behavior and physiology, we study human behavior and physiology in health and disease states with focus on human machine interactions.  Our mission is to improve mind and brain health, mobility, and quality of life across the lifespan.  Dr. Matthew Rizzo, Chair of the Department of Neurological Sciences and Lead Physician of the Neuroscience Clinical Program at UNMC, directs the lab.

We comprise a multidisciplinary research team that works with industry partners, investigators, and clinicians from both within UNMC and cross-institutional collaborations.  Our diverse team works to understand how cognitive abilities in health and disease interact with real-world performance in every day tasks, like driving across the lifespan and disease.

The labs home a state-of-the-art research facility located in UNMC's Clarkson Doctors Building North.  It supports a suite of advanced research tools including driving simulators, cognitive testing equipment, physiological  and behavioral recording devices, and naturalistic driving tools.