Pharmacology and Neuroscience | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

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Chairman's Welcome

Welcome to the website for the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC).  Our department is dedicated to excellence in research, medical and graduate education, and service by creating, advancing and disseminating knowledge about drug actions and nervous system functions and dysfunctions.
Great collegiality and collaborative work environment are hallmarks of our departmental culture.  We continue to strengthen and expand interactions with basic scientists across TTUHSC and TTU while building translational bridges with our clinical departments.
Our faculty are well funded by several NIH and foundation grants for studies on clinically relevant disorders. Chronic pain, alcohol use disorder, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s are main areas of interest and expertise.
Our department houses the Center for Excellence for Translational Neuroscience and Therapeutics (CTNT) and the Translational Neuroscience and Pharmacology (TNP) graduate concentration. Our faculty make valuable contributions to medical and graduate school education, including as SOM Block Director and GSBS Program/Concentration and Course Directors.
Thank you for visiting our website.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or for more information.

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                                     Volker Neugebauer, M.D., Ph.D.

Mission Statement

The Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience is strongly committed to contributing to the overall mission of TTUHSC to improve the health of people through innovation and collaboration.
Our goal is to perform innovative translational research on clinically relevant and timely topics, and support and promote collaborative research at the School of Medicine and across the University; to offer state-of-the-art education in medical pharmacology and neuroscience to medical and graduate students;  and to provide a simulating first-rate learning and training environment for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in the department.

Got Questions?

We're here to help. Contact us if you have questions.

Volker Neugebauer, M.D., Ph.D.

Lisa Moran
Administrative Assistant
(806) 743-1280

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Faculty Position

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Congratulations to Dr. Khalid Benamar ob being awarded the Douglas M. Stocco Scholarship/Research award.  
This award was presented during the Dean's Faculty Appreciation Dinner, which was held on May 5th, 2022.


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Graduate Student Award

Congratulations to Mariacristina Mazzitelli on being the 5th recipient of the Alexander D. Kenny (ADK) Outstanding Graduate Student Award. 

The ADK award was established in 2006 and is reserved for a student whom Pharmacology and Neuroscience faculty consider to be an exceptional doctoral student. Awardees are determined to have excelled in every aspect of graduate training and coursework, research, and leadership.  

Grant Awarded

Dr. Josh Lawrence has been awarded an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health. This 5-year project is titled, "Transcriptional Dysfunction in Dentate Gyrus Cell Types: Roles of Retinoic Acid Responsive Genes in Protection Against Alzheimer's Disease Pathogenesis". This project is anticipated to receive $1,872,220.

Drs. Volker Neugebauer and Igor Ponomarev have been awarded an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. This 5-year collaborative project is titled "Amygdala Pain Mechanisms". This project is anticipated to receive $2,757,940.