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Center of Excellence in Neurosciences

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COE in Neurosciences

The Center of Excellence in Neurosciences (COEN) is composed of a group of scientists and faculty specializing in genetics, etiology, psychiatric disorders, genetics of eye diseases, optic trauma, and genetic development of the nervous system. To this end, Center research staff is further developing a population cohort bio-bank that will allow for the generation of population-based samples for research that is unique in the nation. These can be used to inform studies in neurologic and psychiatric illnesses, cancer, diabetes and other illnesses, but also, through NIH-funded data sharing agreements, can be used to increase the statistical power for minority populations in genome-wide association studies, which are currently unable to address many questions in medically underserved Hispanic minority patients. Complementing these activities is the development of a special senses program in genetic diseases of the eye and in optic nerve trauma.

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Dr. Ruth Perez and her team were featured in an article on www.elpasoinc.com. The article  Want to buy/sell an invention?shines the light on their search for an investor that can help develop their ideas and bring them to market. 

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Holistic Approach – The Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) Department of Biomedical Sciences Center of Emphasis in Neurosciences was awarded a $200,000 grant by The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. These funds will be used to implement the Texas Recovery to Practice (RTP) in Psychiatry Program to educate psychiatry residents throughout the state, as well as train psychiatrists working in key mental health centers and the four largest state psychiatric inpatient hospitals. RTP is a national initiative promoting recovery-based principles and practices that teaches physicians and students to look at the big picture, including a patient’s cultural background, support system, and health, to name a few – while assisting the patient to live a more productive life.

Program Coordinator: James Gentry james.gentry@ttuhsc.edu

Grand Rounds Lecture Series presents Edward Castañeda, PhD, “The Value of Behavior in “Behavioral Neuroscience”- Research in the Plasticity of Neurotransmission”The Value of Behavior in “Behavioral Neuroscience” Research in the Plasticity of Neurotransmission

May 18, 2015 12:00p-1:00p, MEB 1140

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