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...

NRC Announcement

Neuroscience Research Center Request for Proposals for Imagine More Award

Deadline April 1, 2015

The External Advisory Board for the Neuroscience Research Center at MCW established this award in 2014, which is funded by the proceeds of the Imagine More Annual Dinner. The purpose of the award is to allow an MCW faculty member to carry out research designed to transform our ability to prevent, treat or cure neurologic or psychiatric disease.

Each year, the award will be made in honor of an individual who has demonstrated a strong commitment to Neuroscience Research at MCW. This year’s honoree is T. Michael Bolger, MCW President –Emeritus and Inaugural Chair of the External Advisory Board for the NRC.

Deadline for proposals: April 1, 2015

Maximum Award Amount: $25,000 for one year; will start on July 1, 2015

Imagine More Application (DOCX)

Imagine More Budget Sheet (XLSX)

Spotlight on... NRC Featured Stories

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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.

Interview with a current MSTP Student - Katherine Zappia

This month I interviewed Kate Zappia, a student in the Medical Scientist Training Program, who is currently pursuing her PhD in the lab of Dr. Cheryl Stucky, in the Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy. The mission of the MSTP (MD-PhD) at the Medical College of Wisconsin is to support medical and research training leading to the combined MD-PhD degree. Kate has recently received a two-year, $85,000 fellowship from the Department of Health and Human Services' National Institute of Neurological Disorders and stroke to investigate the mediators contributing to the pain experienced in sickle cell disease. She lets us know a bit about her research, her choices, and where she sees herself in the future. (Interview by Allyson Schnabl, Answers provided by Katherine Zappia)

Neuroscience/Brain Research News

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Dr. Yoganandan serves as editor of third edition of book on accidental injury

Feb. 24 - Narayan Yoganandan, PhD, Professor of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of Biomedical Engineering, along with Alan Nahum, MD, from the University of San Diego, and John W. Melvin, PhD, from Michigan (deceased), edited the third edition of Accidental Injury: Biomechanics and Prevention. This book provides state-of-the-art information on the applied biomechanics and prevention of accidental injury to the human body.

MCW crash lab evaluating new type of vehicle collision

Feb. 3 - MCW’s Vehicle Crashworthiness Lab partnered with a Canadian company to evaluate injuries caused in oblique crashes. WDJT-TV interviewed Frank Pintar, PhD, professor of neurosurgery, about the research findings from the crash. WDJT TV

Dr. Thomas Finds Longer Rest Provides No Benefit to Pediatric Concussion Patients

Jan. 12 - More than 40 media outlets worldwide, including the New York Times and U.S. News & World Report, carried stories on Dr. Danny Thomas’s (Pediatrics – Emergency Medicine) research that found no benefit from longer, five-day rests for pediatric concussion patients. Dr. Thomas’s research was published in Pediatrics. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, US News Health and New York Times

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.



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