The Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology has been continuously conducting research for nearly 50 years. Joseph Altman started it in 1961 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and moved it to Purdue University in 1968. Shirley A. Bayer joined the Laboratory in 1970 and became Joe's wife in 1973. In the early years, the laboratory consisted of faculty associates, several postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and technicians. The laboratory was supported by grants from the Atomic Energy Commission, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation. Shirley moved part of the Laboratory to Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 1982, but the Purdue branch remained active until Joe retired in 1995. Funding was dwindling during the early 90's, and completely stopped around 1994. Since then, we have used personal funds to continue our research. In 2000, Shirley left IUPUI to do full-time research linking experimental studies on the development of the rat nervous system to descriptive studies of human nervous system development. That project was completed in 2007.
This website provides pdf files of some of our publications that are difficult to get online. Just click on the left menu to navigate through additional pages with links to papers and books on specific topics.
We also present in this website our new effort, chapters of a forthcoming book entitled, MENTAL EVOLUTION: Origins of the Human Body, Brain, Behavior, Consciousness, and Culture. The chapters will be put online at 2-4 month intervals.
A NEW ANNOUNCEMENT ON NOVEMBER 14, 2012:
We are launching a new website that archives the best specimens in our histological collections of rat nervous system development. Please go to braindevelopmentmaps.org and explore the high-resolution images. In the next few years, we will greatly expand the website to include more images.