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McKnight Brain Institute

Studying the cell biology of drug addiction

    Habibeh Khoshbouei, Pharm.D., Ph.D., associate professor of neuroscience in the MBI, explains her research into dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in many brain-related functions.

Mental Health, Neurobehavioral Sciences and Psychiatry

The neurobehavioral sciences are gaining recognition for their potential to positively affect quality of life. Progress made in neuroscience has contributed new technologies to the armament of approaches for treating mental disorders. Research at the MBI New translational approaches include the development of pharmacological, electrical and behavioral therapies…

Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke

Injury to the central nervous system (CNS) — which consists of the brain and spinal cord — often results in far-reaching physical, emotional, and economic consequences. Each year in the U.S., approximately 2.8 million Americans experience a traumatic brain injury, 800,000 have a stroke and 17,000 endure…

Chronic Neurological Diseases

Chronic neurological diseases — Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Huntington’s disease, neuromuscular disease, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy, to mention only a few — afflict millions of Americans worldwide and account for tremendous morbidity and mortality. Furthermore, age is the largest risk factor for many…

Brain Cancer

Brain tumors, which are abnormal growths of cells within the brain, can be cancerous (malignant) and spread if not properly treated. More than 200,000 people in the U.S. receive the diagnosis of primary or metastatic brain tumor every year and, unfortunately, this number has been increasing. Gliomas, which represent a…

Cognitive Aging

Cognitive aging is a natural process in which older adults typically experience decline in many functions, such as memory, that can negatively impact their quality of life. With healthier lifestyles and advances in medical science, the human lifespan has almost doubled in the past century. However, improvements…