The UNC Neuroscience Center is an inter-departmental research center at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Our mission is to promote neuroscience research at UNC-Chapel Hill with an emphasis on developmental, genetic, and disease-related processes. Resident scientists of the Neuroscience Center are housed in laboratories on the 7th and 8th floors of the Neuroscience Research Building on the School of Medicine campus. Additional neuroscience research groups in both basic (Cell Biology & Physiology) and clinical (Neurology and Ophthalmology) departments are also housed in the Neuroscience Research Building. Multiple other investigators at the UNC-School of Medicine and on the main campus are members of the Neuroscience Center and support a weekly seminar series, an annual symposium and an NINDS-funded Center grant.
The UNC Neuroscience Center is organized into Research Focus Areas that represent key areas in the neurosciences. Each focus area includes researchers with both basic and disease-related interests. Indeed, a key aspect of our mission is to facilitate the rapid integration of basic and disease-related research. The goal is to harness advances and use them to alleviate or cure neurological and psychiatric disorders that are so devastating to individuals and their families.
The UNC Neuroscience Center has several internal core facilities to expedite the mission of our researchers. These include a Functional Genomics Core for expression profiling of developmental and disease-related processes, an in situ hybridization core, and an Imaging Core that supports confocal and multiphoton microscopy, a vector construction core for mouse transgenesis and gene targeting, and an embryonic stem cell core.