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Chairman's Note

Dr. Reid NormanIt has been an honor to be the Chairman of Pharmacology and Neuroscience for the past 14 years, and I am happy to announce that we have recruited Dr. Volker Neugebauer, a renowned neuroscientist to chair the department beginning in June. Dr. Neugebauer comes to TTUHSC from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX and I am looking forward to new beginnings in my retirement.

Reid Norman, Ph.D

Dr. Volker NeugebauerDr. Volker Neugebauer has pioneered the field of pain-related neuroplasticity in the amygdala, a brain center for emotions. His recent studies focus on understanding the interactions between the amygdala and cortical areas, including the medial prefrontal cortex. The mechanistic analysis of emotional-affective and cognitive brain mechanisms of pain is a key contribution of Dr. Neugebauer's work to the field of pain research and neuroscience. Collaborative research projects explore brain mechanisms of cognitive dysfunctions and abnormal plasticity in neuropsychiatric disorders such as addiction, Alzheimer's Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. A better understanding of higher brain functions, and dysfunctions, in pain and neuropsychiatric disorders is an important benefit to medical school education and graduate training and provides exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations.

Volker Neugebauer, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
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The Department of Pharmacology & Neuroscience announces three tenure track positions:

The Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience at TTUHSC invites applications from scientists for three tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree, postdoctoral training, and will be expected to develop and/or maintain an independent program of research with external funding in the general areas of Pharmacology and Neuroscience. Individuals with expertise and interest focused on pain and/or addiction research are especially encouraged to apply. Participation in medical and graduate training is expected after an appropriate transition period. The Health Sciences Center is an autonomous university adjacent to Texas Tech University with an excellent infrastructure that includes core facilities for imaging, molecular biology, and structural biology ( Behavioral and electrophysiology cores are being established.

Review of applications will start immediately, with the goal of having the successful candidates in place by the Summer/Fall of 2014. A generous start-up package, fully state-supported salary, effective mentoring, and a pleasant lifestyle in an affordable college town are included. Lubbock is a city of over 200,000 on the South Plains of West Texas, with a family-friendly environment, good schools and a national ranking for a low cost of living and short average commute.

Applicants for the positions should apply online at: requisition number 90395 and include a curriculum vitae, a summary of research and teaching interests and goals and the names and contact information of three or more references. Please contact Dr. Volker Neugebauer at:

For questions regarding the online application process please call Human Resources Recruiting, 806-743-2865.

TTUHSC is an EEO/AA/ADA employer.


26th Annual Student Research Week

Honorable Mention
MS2 Poster

"Sex Affects Alcohol Responses:  Behavioral and Molecular Analyses"

Yazan Alhasan
Year 2 Medical Student
Pharmacology & Neuroscience Dean's Summer Scholar

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