The UNC Neuroscience Center is an interdepartmental research center at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. The mission of the Neuroscience Center is to promote neuroscience research that is innovative, collaborative and translational. The Center promotes this goal by bringing together researchers working on fundamental problems in basic and clinical neuroscience. By integrating work across the spectrum of neuroscience, we aim to advance our understanding of brain development and function, and to identify new therapeutic approaches to a broad range of neurological and psychiatric disorders.
The Neuroscience Center works very closely with the Neuroscience Curriculum, the neuroscience PhD granting program at UNC, to promote the training of future leaders in neuroscience. Together the Neuroscience Center and Neuroscience Curriculum organize and support a weekly seminar series hosting both local and national speakers, an annual Neuroscience Symposium, and the annual awarding of the Perl/UNC Neuroscience Prize.
Laboratories of many Neuroscience Center members are housed in the Neuroscience Research Building on the School of Medicine campus. As part of its mission to facilitate neuroscience research at UNC, the Neuroscience Center houses and manages core facilities devoted to advanced neural imaging, bioinformatics, molecular neuroscience, and translational neuroscience. These facilities were established, and are maintained, with support of a center grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
The Neuroscience Center works closely with the departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, and the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities to support translational research in neuroscience. By facilitating the rapid integration of basic and disease-related neuroscience research at UNC- Chapel Hill, the Neuroscience Center aims to harness advances in neuroscience in the service of patients and families suffering from neurological and psychiatric illnesses.