Neurobiology of Disease

Neurobiology of Disease uses a wide range of laboratory, clinical and epidemiological techniques to explore molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying human neurological disorders.  The goal is effective treatment and prevention of disease.  Disorders under study include those of unknown cause—Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, sleep and mood abnormalities—as well as sensory (learning, balance, sensation) and motor (strength, coordination, integration) disorders associated with trauma, viruses, inherited and immune factors, drugs and environmental chemicals.

Research spans studies with cells, tissues, animals, and human populations—often in a cross-disciplinary, integrated manner.  Special areas of focus include chemical and viral modulation of neuronal DNA and genomic expression, and disturbances in energy function, neurotransmission and blood-brain barrier.  The medical neuroscience laboratories provide special opportunities for the graduate student who wishes to use science to help solve nervous system disorders across all stages of human life.

Neurobiology of Disease faculty are listed below: