Welcome to Penn State Neural and Behavioral Sciences
Welcome to the Department of Neural and Behavioral Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine! At its formation on July 1, 2003, the department had 27 full time faculty members. Funded investigators in the department occupy more than 19,000 square feet of space, including 3,000 square feet of shared department space. These individuals have a broad range of scientific interests and work at the behavioral, systems, cellular, and molecular levels. Their research is aimed at understanding the basic properties of the nervous system as well as delineating the role of the nervous system in the maintenance of health and in the pathophysiology of various diseases such as, Hypertension, Drug Addiction, Autism, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Maple Syrup Urine Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Restless Legs Syndrome, Diabetic Retinopathy, and Stroke. More...
Recent Awards and Recognition
Congratulations to Dr. Joyce Tombran-Tink. Dr. Tombran-Tink has been awarded the first QED Proof-of-Concept Program award for Penn State Hershey. Since the QED Program's launch in 2009, the regionally competitive proof-of concept program supporting technology commercialization has awarded $3 million to 16 projects in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Dr. Tombran-Tink identified a peptide derived from pigment epithelium derived factor, or PEDF, that prevents degeneration of neurons through reduction of inflammation and vascular leakage in the retina in two mouse models of retinal degeneration. The peptide can effectively be administered as an eye drop, as a slow release device, or by systematic infusion. This technology could potentially benefit millions of patients with a wide variety of neurodegenerative. Click here for more information.
MERIT Award: Dr. Patricia Sue Grigson received a MERIT award for her grant entitled "Drugs of Abuse and Learned Aversions: Solving a Paradox". This award will give Dr. Grigson up to 10 years of support for this project from the Nat'l Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA). This award is given to investigators whose research competence and productivity are superior.
Dr. Kirsteen Browning was granted an award from the National Science Foundation CAREER program. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.
Dr. Joyce Tombran-Tink, Professor of Neural and Behavioral Sciences, was honored as a new member of the AFER Dowling Society. The Dowling Society was established in 2008 to honor innovative vision researcher and first chairman of the AFER Board of Governors, John E. Dowling, Ph.D., FARVO.
Dr. Colin Barnstable, Chair of the Department of Neural and Behavioral Sciences, was appointed as research director of the Penn State Hershey Eye Center. To read the full story, click here.
OGF-OGFr axis discovery provides new insights into ovarian cancer. Click here for full article.
Dr. Sue Grigson earns $2.2 million grant to study addiction. Click here for full article.
Use of Naltrexone reduces inflammation in Crohn's patients. Click here for full article.
The Medical News: Research on OGF-OGFr complex helps to understand pathobiology of diseases. Click here for the full article.
Peter Kovacs, Ph.D., Manager of Neurophysiological Research Laboratory, at Gedeon Richter Plc., will present “Obesity translational research: new advances and perspectives” on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at Noon in Room C3700.
Join us on Thursdays at Noon in Room C3700 for the Neural & Behavioral Sciences Seminar Series
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- Junior Faculty Development Program recognizes 2012-13 graduates On Thursday, May 30, 26 junior Penn State College of Medicine faculty and their mentors celebrated completion of the College of Medicine’s Junior Faculty Development Program, sponsored by the Office of Professional Development.More...
- Volunteers needed for acne study Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s Dr. Diane Thiboutot is testing the effectiveness of an investigational acne medication. Volunteers are needed for this study.More...
- Penn State Hershey nursing awards recognize leadership, exemplary practice In celebration of the 2013 National Nurses Week in May, the Department of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer Sherry Kwater presented awards to several members of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center nursing staff during the annual Nursing Awards Ceremony.More...
- Penn State Hershey expands in Elizabethtown Construction began on additional clinic space this month at the Penn State Hershey Medical Group-Elizabethtown location.More...