Establishment of a Neuroscience Research Center

Establishing a Neuroscience Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin

Full Project Name:Establishment of a Neuroscience Research CenterPrincipal Investigator:Cecilia Hillard, PhDAward Amount:$386,608
Award Date
November2010
Project Duration:29 months

Project Description Narrative:


Many Wisconsin residents are affected directly and indirectly by neurological and psychiatric disorders that involve changes in the functioning of the brain or other nervous tissues. For instance, multiple sclerosis affects residents of the upper Midwest with greater frequency than other regions of the U.S. Other common diseases and disorders include: Parkinsons, Alzheimers, Huntingtons, ALS, seizures, strokes, migraines, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and schizophrenia. Through this grant, AHW aims to enhance Wisconsin's ability to prevent and treat these diseases through better understanding of basic synaptic function.

Through this award, investigators will produce equipment and shared resources to enable new research into how these diseases develop and provide new insights for their prevention and treatment.

Outcomes & Lessons Learned:


• Established the MCW Neuroscience Research Center as a laboratory capable of modern neuroscience research

• Purchased general, multi-purpose equipment needed by the supported research laboratories, including equipment for cell culture and tissue harvest and imaging, and equipment for molecular biological and proteomic studies

• Established a rodent behavioral core (shared research resources) at MCW, including hiring and training a research technician to manage the resource

• Disseminated project results and impact at national and international conferences

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