Department of Neurosciences

MSC 08 4740
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 272-4411
Fax: (505) 272-8082

Neurosciences Research Projects and Grants

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 CNS 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 Instututes 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