Neurological diseases represent enormous health, 经济, 而且 social burdens to the United States 而且 the rest of the world. Chronic pain, for example, is estimated to affect more than 50% of the U.S. population, with an indirect 经济 impact estimated to exceed $100 billion annually.
的re is an urgent 而且 unmet need for better underst而且ing the pathophysiology of 神经系统疾病, 而且 for applying this knowledge to the clinical practice of medicine in order to improve patient quality of life. From the recognition of this need, the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences (CEN) was created.
Our mission is to foster creativity 而且 collaboration among people who have a passion for underst而且ing the complexities of the nervous system 而且 applying this knowledge to improve human health, 生产力, 和生活质量.
Having students contribute to neuroscience research at 皇冠app is one of the highest priorities for faculty 而且 专业人员 in the CEN. 皇冠app’s neuroscience program features faculty with expertise that extends across the colleges 而且 includes not only the basic 而且 clinical sciences but also the liberal arts. This cross-disciplinary approach results in unique training opportunities for undergraduate 而且 graduate students who have shared interests in the field.
对于本科生，有一个 神经科学专业 而且 一个小. 的re are also many research opportunities in 独立的实验室, as well as an undergraduate neuroscience club which is actively involved in our k - 12外展 program.
For graduate students, 皇冠app is part of 缅因大学's 研究生 School of Biomedical 科学 而且 Engineering (GSBSE), which allows students enrolled in the program to do thesis work in 皇冠app laboratories or rotate through 皇冠app labs.
的re are also opportunities for research for medical students, through both the College of 整骨疗法的医学's Dean’s office (Peter Morgane 学生的研究 Fellowships) or the Student Government Association (Carmen Pettapiece 学生的研究 Fellowship). 的 Center for Excellence in Collaborative Education 提供额外的机会.
的 CEN has fostered a unique 而且 研究人员的多样化. To ensure the growth of the neuroscience research community at 皇冠app, the CEN actively supports the growth of the center through recruitment, 指导, 对新教员的支持.
- Potential for research collaborations with multidisciplinary scientists 而且 health care 专业s at 皇冠app
- Connections to a number of groups that share interests in neuroscience 而且 neurology, 包括缅因州医疗中心, 杰克逊实验室, 缅因大学, 而且 the Maine Institute for Human Genetics 而且 健康
- 资源和 资金的机会 for faculty who are part of the CEN
CEN拥有完善的 K-12外展计划, 它把教职员工聚集在一起, 工作人员, 而且 students from 皇冠app 而且 puts them into area K-12 schools with the goal to promote interest in STEM disciplines in the community. We are always interested in volunteers for one of our many outreach events. 皇冠app也有一些 社区伙伴关系 with local businesses to help support 而且 maintain our dynamic programs.
的 CEN also has developed an annual 大脑公平 which engages the local community in brain exploration. 学生 develop 而且 implement neuroscience-related, h而且s-on activities 而且 experiments for the general public as a way to help increase awareness of traumatic brain injury, 神经系统疾病, 和成瘾. We are always looking for volunteers 而且 sponsors for these events.