Center of Excellence
For Translational Neuroscience and Therapeutics
The overall goal of The Center of Excellence for Translational Neuroscience and Therapeutics
(CTNT) is to serve as an incubator for the generation and dissemination of knowledge
related to the neurobiology of clinically relevant disorders. CTNT strives to generate,
facilitate, and coordinate multidisciplinary efforts to build bridges between basic
science and clinical departments required for the development of novel and improved
diagnostic and therapeutic tools and strategies.
The Center will advance our knowledge of mechanisms of nervous system functions and
dysfunctions and neuropsychiatric disorders, which is essential for diagnostic and
therapeutic advances. The Center will provide means and mechanisms to meet requirements
for successful competitive grant applications at the national level. Therefore, the
mission of the Center supports the strategic objectives and academic mission of the
School and TTUHSC to enhance research and education.
Comprised of a complex network of billions of nerve cells the nervous system regulates
and coordinates important body functions and accounts for amazing sensory, motor,
emotional-affective and cognitive capabilities. Disorders affecting or arising from
nervous system dysfunctions represent a major health care problem in this country
and worldwide. Therefore, there is a great need for the better understanding of disease
mechanisms to develop novel and improved diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. Research
on complex nervous system dysfunctions and disorders requires a concerted effort of
basic scientists and clinicians from various disciplines and specialties. CTNT serves
as a bridge between basic research and clinical entities in the area of nervous system
functions and disorders.
CTNT provides the infrastructure and expertise for multidisciplinary translational
research from molecular to systems levels and to clinical disciplines. Multidisciplinary
partnerships through the Center will enhance the ability of faculty to achieve what
is unlikely feasible at the single individual level. Participating faculty will benefit
from the exposure to novel concepts, diverse scientific view points, and a variety
of approaches and technologies through discussions and collaborations.
- Translational Neuroscience and Pharmacology Lecture Series
- Grant Development Program (Translational Research Club)
- Seed funds for collaborative translational research projects.
- Neurophysiology Core Laboratory, housing equipment for state-of-the art behavioral
assays, stereotaxic instruments, electrophysiology in vivo and in vitro, laser- and
LED-based optogenetics systems and a multiphoton imaging system, which are available
to CTNT faculty to generate critical data for collaborative translational research