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Department of Neuroscience

Department of Neuroscience

The Department of Neuroscience at the Scripps Florida campus is focused on understanding the inner workings of the nervous system, what goes wrong in the many neurological and psychiatric disorders that affect its function and developing interventions for these conditions. Our mission has four pillars. First, we seek to make fundamental discoveries through intensive, collaborative, and multidisciplinary basic research. Second, we seek to discover the biological basis for disorders. Third, we develop new cures and therapies for the disorders of the nervous system. Fourth, we provide nurturing environment for the training of the next generation of neuroscientists.

The Department was founded in 2009 by Dr. Ronald Davis and is currently headed by Dr. Kirill Martemyanov. In its short existence, the growth and progress has been remarkable. The laboratories of 10 primary faculty in the Department employ nearly 110 scientists. Collectively, we have published close to 200 scientific research papers since inception, the vast majority of which are in the highest quality neuroscience journals. One metric that is often used by academic institutions to monitor progress is NIH funding. For the 2016 calendar year according to NIH Reporter, the labs of primary faculty members in Neuroscience-Florida attracted $11,882,089 in NIH research funding. This puts us at 9th position in the nation when compared to neuroscience departments in U.S. Medical Schools according to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. The achievements of affiliate members is equally impressive.

Much of our success is attributed to fantastic environment. We are embedded within an outstanding and internationally recognized research enterprise – the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) – one of the country’s largest, private, non-profit biomedical organizations. TSRI has a remarkable and lengthy track record of major contributions to the betterment of health and the human condition. With recent strategic restructuring the bicoastal Neuroscience Department is now integrated with neuroscientists on La Jolla-California campus headed by Dr. Hollis Cline. We have many joint activities including regular seminar series, retreats and access to common resources on both campuses. Most prominently, this further includes recent partnership with translational drug development powerhouse, CALIBR. We also enjoy strong local neuroscience community in Jupiter:  the growing Brain Institute Florida Atlantic University and the Max Plank Institute for Neuroscience, the only venture of the world-renowned Max Plank society in the United States. Collectively, this offers highly nurturing environment for collaborations, scientific interactions and infrastructural resources of cutting edge technologies.

The scientific interests are broad and span virtually all areas of modern neuroscience. The basic research is interdisciplinary and employs the techniques of genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, imaging, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and behavior. Particular areas of strength include:


-Cellular, molecular and circuit mechanisms of addiction
-Mechanisms of learning and memory
-Invertebrate model systems including Aplysia, C.elegans, Drosophila
-Genetic mouse models of neuropsychiatric conditions: autism, intellectual disability, bipolar disorder, movement disorders and neurodegeneration
-Neuronal control of metabolism
-Innovation in translational drug discovery for neuropsychiatric conditions
-Sensory neuroscience with emphasis on vision and olfaction
-Developmental neurobiology of circuit wiring and synapse formation.
 

We encourage you to explore more on individual research programs, as well as training programs for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

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