Neuroscience, the study of the nervous system, is the fastest growing discipline in biology. It is more than the study of the brain, spinal cord and neuronal network throughout your body. The study of Neuroscience extends to how the nervous system controls consciousness, thought, emotion, and behavior. When the function of neurons in the nervous system malfunction or are damaged, very serious diseases can result, such as spinal cord injuries, mental disorders like schizophrenia, Alzeimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's chorea and restless leg syndrome.
Neuroscientists study the nervous system from the level of molecular genetics, to single cells (neurons), to systems, to behaviors. Molecular genetics, electrophysiology, pharmacology, anatomical techniques, microscopy, and behavioral tests are among the many approaches possible used to study the nervous system.
At UVM, our Neuroscientists are scattered across a variety of departments and colleges ranging from Psychology, Biology and Communication Science in the College of Arts & Sciences to Anatomy and Neurobiology in the Medical School. These scientists are part of the local chapter for Neuroscience. In the Biology Department several faculty members focus their research on Neuroscience.
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These faculty have established collaborations with neuroscientists across campus through several informal interactions. A COBRE grant from NIH is a five year grant to establish a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in Neuroscience. National Institutes of Health, COBRE recognizes promising work at research institutions. In addition to collboration with researchers in UVM's medical school, the biology faculty work closely with the (Bio) Psychology Department.
Neuroscience research is pushing the envelope on one of science's last and most daunting frontiers - the brain. This work holds great promise for understanding and treating stroke, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses.
Nationally, the Society for Neuroscience is a nonprofit membership organization of basic scientists and physicians who study the brain and nervous system.
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