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Lucia Notterpek, Ph.D. Chair and Professor Department of NeuroscienceWelcome

The Department of Neuroscience at the University of Florida College of Medicine, the second oldest Neuroscience department in the country, is proudly celebrating over four decades of commitment to excellence in research and education concerning the role of the nervous system in health and disease.   Our interdisciplinary research is enhanced by collaborative programs with the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.  Major research themes include studies on the physiology of brain aging and aging-associated cognitive decline; brain and spinal cord injury, and neural tissue plasticity and regeneration; neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and demyelinating diseases. Members of our department are dedicated to providing an inspiring environment for scientific discovery for our trainees and the application of our findings for the development of therapies for neural disorders. I welcome you to our website and invite you to visit the pages of our faculty, students and affiliated centers. Thank you for your interest in our department.

Lucia Notterpek, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor
Department of Neuroscience

What is Neuroscience?

Neuroscience is the study of the development, structure and function of the nervous system, with a special focus on the brain and its role in behavior and cognitive functions.  Neuroscience seeks to understand not only how the nervous system functions normally, but also what goes wrong in neurodevelopmental, psychiatric and neurological disorders.

The faculty in the Department of Neuroscience study the nervous system from many perspectives, from the isolation and study of molecules and cells mediating neural function and development, to the study of the cellular ensembles engaged in high-level neural processing in the normal and diseased nervous system.

The following is a listing of the major research themes studied by our faculty:

  • Addiction
  • Aging & Memory Loss
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Fundamental Neuroscience
  • Traumatic Injury
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Department of Neuroscience Educational and Research Retreat — May 16, 2014 at Lake Wauburg