Neuroscience

CUNY ASRC Neuroscience Initiative Director Patrizia Casaccia, PhD MD.

CUNY ASRC Neuroscience Initiative Director Patrizia Casaccia, PhD MD.

The Neuroscience Initiative is a new research center focused on glial biology at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, with the goal of promoting innovative science addressing complex scientific challenges by working together with groups across CUNY and other institutions in New York City.

Led by founding initiative director Patrizia Casaccia, the focus of the Neuroscience Initiative will be cross-fertilization with the other initiatives hosted at the CUNY ASRC to: implement novel integrated approaches for the study of environmental influences on gene expression, brain health and behavior, develop new technologies for measuring normal brain function, and design advanced platforms aimed at prevention and better health.

The mission of the CUNY ASRC’s Neuroscience Initiative is to develop cutting-edge technology for the study of the effect of environmental variables on human behavior, brain health, and disease, while investigating new tools to study the pathogenesis and new molecules to treat glial tumors and neurodegenerative disorders. The ultimate goal is to provide a better understanding of glial cell dysfunction in psychiatric and neurological disorders and lead to innovative therapeutic approaches.