Penn State Neuroscience Institute has an ambitious goal. We want to be known around the world as a Center for Excellence in research, patient care and teaching. Our network includes Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, as well as institutions like us throughout Pennsylvania.
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The Penn State Neuroscience Institute works to:
- Assure excellence in basic and clinical research studies that increase our understanding of the normal and diseased brain.
- Promote the translation of research findings into new treatments for neurological disease, such as brain tumors, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and stroke.
- Improve the care of patients with neurological and neurobehavioral diseases, such as confused mental states, Alzheimer’s disease and abnormal behaviors.
- Provide a rich intellectual environment, so those studying neuroscience have the best possible educational experience.
Research in the Neuroscience Institute is conducted through a variety of departments and centers.
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Cellular and Molecular Physiology
- Center for Molecular Investigation of Neurological Disorders
- Center for Neural Engineering
- Center for Patient-Oriented Research
- Comparative Medicine
- Microbiology and Immunology
- Neural and Behavioral Sciences
- Ophthalmology (Eye Center)
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Public Health Sciences
- Spine Center
- Stroke Center
Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FAANS, FACS, FAHA, is Director of Penn State Neuroscience Institute.
The executive committee of the Neuroscience Institute also includes:
- Colin J. Barnstable, DPhil – Chair, Neural and Behavioral Sciences
- David Gater Jr. – Chair, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- David C. Good, MD – Chair, Neurology
- Robert E. Harbaugh, MD – Chair, Neurosurgery
- Richard B. Mailman, PhD – Pharmacology
- Erika Saunders, MD – Chair, Psychiatry
- Kent E. Vrana, PhD – Chair, Pharmacology
- B. Joy Zeager – Operations Director
To speak to someone about neuroscience research, please call 717-531-3828.