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Research Overview

Learn more about the research our team is involved in to improve the lives of New Mexicans.

Nervous System Development

Mechanisms of neural development including regulation of neurotransmitter gene expression, control of neurite outgrowth, structural plasticity, genetic and epigenetic factors in neurogenesis and neural stem cell function, and regeneration of the nervous system under normal and pathological conditions.

Learning, Memory and Substance Abuse

Electrophysiological and genetic mechanisms of synaptic plasticity that encode long-term memories and the hijacking of these processes during postnatal developmental and adulthood by drugs of abuse. A focus on alcohol research includes the neurobiology of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. More information is available at the project web site.

Brain Injury, Repair and Diseases of the Nervous System

Mechanisms of neuronal injury following central nervous system trauma and the development of therapies to minimize neuronal damage and cell death during ischemic, neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory disease states.

Behavioral Health Disorders

Molecular genetic, neurochemical and brain imaging approaches to the study of the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric disorders and substance abuse.

Neuroscience Centers and Institutes at UNM

The Department of Neurosciences is involved in active collaborative efforts with the Mind Research Network, the Biomedical Research and Integrative NeuroImaging Center and the Brain and Behavioral Health Institutes at The University of New Mexico.