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-Kennedy, MS, PhD
Neural and Behavioral Sciences Department Interim Chair
Penn State College of Medicine
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NBS Recent Publications
- Neuro-hormonal mechanisms underlying changes in reward related behaviors following weight loss surgery: Potential pharmacological targets.
- Increased Frequency of Skin-to-Skin Contact Is Associated with Enhanced Vagal Tone and Improved Health Outcomes in Preterm Neonates.
- The renin-angiotensin system in cardiovascular autonomic control: recent developments and clinical implications.
- Role of astroglia in diet-induced central neuroplasticity.
- Blockade of the OGF-OGFr pathway in diabetic bone.
- Neurophysiology of the brainstem in Parkinson's Disease.
- Cell Autonomous Neuroprotection by the Mitochondrial Uncoupling Protein 2 in a Mouse Model of Glaucoma.
- Necrotizing enterocolitis attenuates developmental heart rate variability increases in newborn rats.