Neuroscience & Histology

A Message from the Chairman

The Department of Neuroscience and Histology is in a period of rapid research growth with several new faculty appointments. Currently, the Department of Neuroscience and Histology is chaired by Dr. Brian H. Hallas and comprises seven faculty members (Professor, Associate and Assistant), two Office Assistant and four Academic Neuroscience scholars.

The Department of Neuroscience has a primary research focus on Parkinson’s disease, basic mechanisms of brain diseases (Epilepsy, Schizophrenia), brain development, epigenetic mechanisms that regulate gene activity in neurons (aging and longevity), navigation through space (spatial orientation) and visual deficits.

The Department of Neuroscience and Histology is noted for its interdisciplinary research programs at the College of Osteopathic Medicine as well as for its collaborative efforts with scientists in the clinical research programs at the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Biomedical Primate Research Centre, Netherlands.

The department uses a combination of state-of-the-art physiology, cell and molecular biology techniques in conjunction with in vivo and in vitro luminescence imaging and behavioral techniques to understand brain function and mechanisms that cause disease at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ and/or individual level.

The Department of Neuroscience Faculty regularly presents their research at the National and International research meetings and to date have collectively published 207 articles and book chapters and have presented and published over 425 research abstracts.


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