Neural and Behavioral Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine
The mission of the Department of Neural and Behavioral Sciences is to develop new knowledge about the normal nervous system so that we can understand ourselves and the pathological nervous system so that we can develop new ways to treat neurological disease.
Welcome to the Department of Neural and Behavioral Sciences of Penn State College of Medicine. The department was created in 2006 by the amalgamation of the Department of Neuroscience and Anatomy with the Department of Behavioral Science. In addition to their own research programs, our faculty members have strong collaborations with many other basic science and clinical departments.
The nervous system is the organ of sensation and response that regulates and integrates all our bodily functions and behaviors, and studies of its structure and function are among the most exciting areas of biology today.
The dramatic growth in techniques and knowledge in the areas of genomics, proteomics and metabolomics combined with increasingly sophisticated electrophysiological and behavioral methods are giving unprecedented opportunities to discover how the nervous system works and how it communicates with the rest of the body as well as with the outside world. As we continue to expand the department we are hiring new faculty who can take advantage of these new approaches and opportunities.
Patricia Sue Grigson, MS, PhD
Chair, Neural and Behavioral Sciences
Penn State College of Medicine
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NBS Research Events
- Update: Canceled or changed events due to COVID-19
Mar 11, 2020 12:00 AM EDTN/A
- Spring Dean’s Lecture: Katie Schmitz, PhD, MPH, to speak on “Exercise is Medicine in the Penn State Health System”
May 12, 2020 12:00 PM EDTJunker Auditorium – Penn State College of Medicine
- 2020 Research Recognition Awards Ceremony
May 12, 2020 1:00 PM EDTJunker Auditorium – Penn State College of Medicine
NBS Recent Publications
- Neuro-hormonal mechanisms underlying changes in reward related behaviors following weight loss surgery: Potential pharmacological targets.
- Chronic intermittent ethanol and acute stress similarly modulate BNST CRF neuron activity via noradrenergic signaling.
- Correlation between the motility of the proximal antrum and the high-frequency power of heart rate variability in freely moving rats.
- Purinergic receptor expression and function in rat vagal sensory neurons innervating the stomach.
- Exciting news from the editors of Neurogastroenterology and Motility.
- Perinatal High Fat Diet Alters Development of GABAA Receptor Subunits in the Dorsal Motor Nucleus of the Vagus.
- Altered gastric tone and motility response to brainstem dopamine in a rat model of parkinsonism.
- Neurophysiology of the brain stem in Parkinson's disease.