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 Research Events
- Final Thesis Defense: Daniel Hass
Feb 21, 2019 12:00 PM ESTRoom C3700 – Penn State College of Medicine
- Neuroscience Student Seminar: Rachel Stanford
Feb 28, 2019 12:00 PM ESTRoom C3700 – Penn State College of Medicine
- Final Thesis Defense: Taryn Mockus
Feb 28, 2019 3:00 PM ESTRoom C6805 – Penn State College of Medicine
NBS Recent Publications
- Pluripotent Stem Cells as Models of Retina Development.
- Central control of gastrointestinal motility.
- Investigating neurogenic bowel in experimental spinal cord injury: where to begin?
- Role of astroglia in diet-induced central neuroplasticity.
- Efficacy and safety of a novel naltrexone treatment for dry eye in type 1 diabetes.
- α2A-Adrenergic Receptor Activation Decreases Parabrachial Nucleus Excitatory Drive onto BNST CRF Neurons and Reduces Their Activity In Vivo.
- Pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) reduced expression and synthesis of SOST/sclerostin in bone explant cultures: implication of PEDF-osteocyte gene regulation in vivo.
- Angiotensin-(1-7) contributes to insulin-sensitizing effects of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibition in obese mice.