MCW Neuroscience Research Center

The Medical College of Wisconsin's Neuroscience Research Center (NRC) was founded in 2010 with the goal of enhancing neuroscience research at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The goals of the Neuroscience Research Center are to enhance basic and translational neuroscience at MCW through the development of an MCW-wide programmatic plan for neuroscience research. Read more...

Cecilia J. Hillard, PhD – Center Director

Cecilia J. Hillard, PhD, Director Neuroscience Research Center

Dr. Hillard is an accomplished translational scientist who has research interests in the effects and mechanisms of cannabinoids, nicotine and other drugs of abuse.

Currently, she is the Executive Director of the International Cannabinoid Research Society and is a leader in community initiatives dedicated to drug abuse awareness.

Spotlight on... New NRC Faculty

Neuroscience Research Center at MCWStarting July 1st, 2014 the Neuroscience Research Center Rodent Behavioral Core has become an official MCW Service Center. Active Neuroscience Research Center members (List of NRC members available on our website, will receive their first 20 hours of technician time per year without charge. Anything beyond 20 hours will be charged per the half hour increment at $11.00/30 minutes of technician time.


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 NRC Feature Story

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ALS Symposium

The NRC hosted an ALS Symposium on Thursday, November 6th, 2014. Rita Sieracki, MCW Reference Librarian, was in attendance and has provided a lay perspective of the symposium as well as links to the patient's blogs and personal pages and pictures of the event. We hope to do a similar symposium next year on a different topic.

Neuroscience/Brain Research News

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Dr. Walter Discusses Post Concussion Syndrome

Dec. 19 - Dr. Kevin Walter discusses post concussion syndrome in an interview on NBC-TV/Channel 4. TMJ4

Department of Defense to fund $5.5 million concussion study

Dec. 15 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four-year, $5.5 million grant from the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to develop a full understanding of concussion. The integrated investigation would piggyback on concussion research already taking place at MCW.

Dr. Walter Comments on Helmet Manufacturers Capitalizing on Concussion Concerns

Nov. 26 - Dr. Kevin Walter contributes to an article posted on VICE Sports, a digital competitor of ESPN, on how football helmet manufacturers are capitalizing on efforts to reduce concussions. VICE Sports

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Neuroscience Research Center
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8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 955-2260 | Fax: (414) 955-6057

Allyson Schnabl, Administrative Assistant

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