Penn Medicine Neuroscience Center

About the Center

Centers and Institutes


Addiction
Affective Disorders
Aging
Anesthesia
Biomedicine / Engineering
Brain Injury
Brain Tumors / Neuro-oncology
Cognition
Epilepsy and Seizures
Multiple Sclerosis
Neurodegenerative Disorders
Neurogenetics
Neuro-imaging
Neuromuscular Disorders
Neuro-ophthalmology
Neuropsychiatry
Neurorehabilitation
Neurovascular
Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders
Peripheral Neuropathy
Policy and Ethics
Schizophrenia
Sensory Systems and Disorders
Sleep Disorders
Spine
Stroke
Translational Medicine

 

Mahoney Institute of Neuroscience
One of the world’s preeminent institutions for neuroscience research and training. With almost 200 faculty from 18 departments and six schools, including Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine, the Institute provides a fertile environment for interdisciplinary collaboration aimed at understanding the brain and diseases of the brain.

Addiction

Center for Studies of Addiction
Focuses on developing treatments for addiction to various substances. Research is now focusing on developing a medication that improves the treatment of cocaine dependence.

Center for Weight and Eating Disorders
With the philosophy that overweight persons should be treated professionally and compassionately, assess the causes of weight problems, determines medical and psychological consequences, then plans programs accordingly.

Charles P. O'Brien Center for Addiction Treatment
Aims to provide the highest possible quality of addiction treatment while helping patients regain control of their lives.

Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction (CIRNA)
Translates discoveries in basic neuroscience, pharmacology, genetics, and behavioral science to improve treatment for nicotine dependence.

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Affective Disorders

Center for Cognitive Therapy
A leading tertiary care facility conducting therapy, education and clinical training, and research into depression, anxiety, general life problems, relationship difficulties, or any other problems that affect emotional well-being.

Center for Neurobiology and Behavior
Fosters interdisciplinary research and training in the basic neural and molecular mechanisms underlying complex behavior, including but not limited to psychopathologic behavior.

Center for Psychotherapy Research
Offers free psychotherapeutic treatment and/or medication in exchange for participation in studies of depression, anxiety (generalized anxiety, panic disorder) and cocaine dependance.

Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety
Provides effective cognitive-behavioral therapy for people with anxiety disorders. Also a renowned treatment research center dedicated to developing, refining and testing therapies for anxiety and stress disorders.

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Aging

Alzheimer's Disease Center
Dedicated to unraveling the causes, treatment and cure of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.  The clinical arm of the ADC, the Penn Memory Center, consists of a multi-disciplinary team of neurologists, geriatric psychiatrists, geriatricians, and social workers devoted to the evaluation and treatment of dementing illnesses.

Geriatric Sleep Research Program
Dedicated towards improving the sleep quality of seniors through research, education and clinical care.

Institute on Aging
Seeks to improve the health of the elderly by increasing the quality and quantity of clinical and basic research as well as educational programs focusing on normal aging and age-related diseases at the UPSM and across the entire Penn campus.

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Anesthesia

Center for Anesthesia Research
Committed to encouraging collaborative and interdisciplinary research, and research training, on problems relevant to anesthesiology. Investigation is conducted at many levels, including molecular, cellular, animal, translational, clinical, epidemiological, and policy.

Penn Pain Medicine Center
Whatever the cause, the goal of Penn Pain Medicine Center is to alleviate as much pain as possible and improve your quality of life. As one of the leading pain management medicine centers in the Philadelphia region, the Penn Pain Medicine Center is a resource for people with complex pain problems.

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Biomedicine / Engineering

Institute for Medicine and Engineering
Stimulates fundamental research at the interface between biomedicine and the engineering/physical/computational sciences leading to innovative applications in biomedical research and clinical practice.

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Brain Injury

Brain Injury and Behavior Center
Specializes in neurobehavioral medicine, providing comprehensive evaluation and treatment of mood, cognitive and behavioral disturbances in individuals with brain injuries and illnesses, including concussion, severe TBI, strokes, tumors, seizure disorders, and any diagnosed focal or generalized brain disease.

Center for Brain Injury and Repair

The longest standing and most respected center for head injury in the U.S. One of only five NIH-designated Brain Injury Centers, searches for specific therapies for all types of traumatic brain injury. Clinical | Research

Neuropsychiatry
Expertly diagnose and treat complex behavioral changes associated with brain related disorders - brain injury, stroke, tumors, and epilepsy.

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Brain Tumors / Neuro-oncology

Center for Cranial Base Surgery
Offers expert evaluation and treatment of tumors of the head, neck, face and other complex skull-base disorders. With the development of innovative and minimally invasive surgical procedures and state-of-the-art imaging, many of these tumors, previously inaccessible, can now be successfully treated.

Neuro-oncology Program
Provides comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment to patients with brain and spinal tumors and other cancer-related neurological, central nervous system and peripheral nervous system problems. The multidisciplinary approach provided includes physicians and other health-care providers from the fields of neurology, neurosurgery, radiation oncology, neuro-oncology, neuropathology, nueroradiology, rehabilitation medicine, neuro-psychiatry and social work.

Penn Gamma Knife Center
Gamma Knife radiosurgery is one of the most precise, powerful, and proven treatments for brain disorders. It's a preferred treatment for benign or malignant brain tumors, blood vessel malformations, skull base tumors, and dysfunctions such as trigeminal neuralgia.

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Cognition

Center for Cognitive Therapy
A leading tertiary care facility conducting therapy, education and clinical training, and research into depression, anxiety, general life problems, relationship difficulties, or any other problems that affect emotional well-being.

Center for Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)
This center promotes research in the area of Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). The purpose of this research is to develop a better understanding of FTD. Information collected will advance the knowledge of what causes this condition, lead to improved diagnostic testing and support the development of treatment trials for FTD.

Cognitive Neurology Program
This program provides comprehensive assessment and treatment of memory, language, attention, visual and thinking difficulties. These problems can be caused by a wide range of conditions, such as stroke, head trauma, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, hypertension, dementia, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder and hydrocephalus.

Center for Spirituality and the Mind
Aims to to develop, organize, and coordinate research, scholarship, education, and dialogue, both locally and globally, that focuses on the relationship between spirituality and the brain.

Institute for Research in Cognitive Science
Fosters the development of a science of the human mind through the interaction of investigators from the disclipines of linguistics, mathematical logic, philosophy, psychology, computer science, and neuroscience.

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Epilepsy and Seizures

Center for Neurobiology and Behavior
Fosters interdisciplinary research and training in the basic neural and molecular mechanisms underlying complex behavior, including but not limited to psychopathologic behavior.

Center for Functional Neuroimaging
Advances the general interests of the brain imaging community at the University of Pennsylvania through targeted methods development, symposia and colloquia, handling of regulatory issues, and fund-raising efforts.

Neuropsychiatry
Expertly diagnose and treat complex behavioral changes associated with brain related disorders - brain injury, stroke, tumors, and epilepsy.

Penn Epilepsy Center
Offers state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques, medical treatments, surgery and support to patients with epilepsy.

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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis Center
A multidisciplinary team of neurologists, nurse practitioners and specialists from various disciplines who are available for consultation in the management of genitourinary complications, physical and occupational therapy, spasticity and pain. The clinical program has existed for more than two decades, while basic research to investigate the origin and development of multiple sclerosis has been ongoing at Penn since 1963.

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Neurodegenerative Disorders

Alzheimer's Disease Center
Dedicated to unraveling the causes, treatment and cure of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.  The clinical arm of the ADC, the Penn Memory Center, consists of a multi-disciplinary team of neurologists, geriatric psychiatrists, geriatricians, and social workers devoted to the evaluation and treatment of dementing illnesses.

Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
A multidisciplinary community dedicated to understanding the neural bases of human thought. Current research addresses many of the central questions about the mind and brain, from the perception of the visual world, through attention, learning and semantic memory, to emotion and the planning of complex action.

Center for Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)
This center promotes research in the area of Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). The purpose of our research is to develop a better understanding of FTD. Information collected will advance the knowledge of what causes this condition, lead to improved diagnostic testing and support the development of treatment trials for FTD.

Center for Functional Neuroimaging
Advances the general interests of the brain imaging community at the University of Pennsylvania through targeted methods development, symposia and colloquia, handling of regulatory issues, and fund-raising efforts.

Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research
Conducts multidisciplinary clinical and basic research studies that increase understanding of the causes and mechanisms leading to brain dysfunction and degeneration in Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Motor Neuron Disease and other less common neurodegenerative disorders.

Parkinson's Disease & Movement Disorders Center
Recognized by the National Parkinson Foundation as one of its worldwide Centers of Excellence, the Center is one of the largest of its kind in the country. Care encompasses medical management by neurologists; physical, speech and occupational therapy; psychological and social service counseling, and access to a large network of support groups.

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Neurogenetics

Neurogenetics
Provides diagnosis and management of individuals with neurogenetic disorders, applying the techniques of molecular diagnosis. Recent research advances have led to greater understanding of many hereditary and neurological diseases, and to the development of new diagnostic tools.

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Neuro-imaging

Center for Dynamic Imaging of Nervous System Function
Brings together more than 20 faculty members whose research focuses on neuronal development, regulation of ion channels and synaptic transmission, and glia-neuron interactions.

Center for Functional Neuroimaging
Advances the general interests of the brain imaging community at the University of Pennsylvania through targeted methods development, symposia and colloquia, handling of regulatory issues, and fund-raising efforts.

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Neuromuscular Disorders

Neuromuscular Disorders Program
Offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for patients with conditions that affect skeletal muscle or peripheral nerves. Specialists use technically advanced neurodiagnostic facilities, as well as nerve and muscle biopsy and biochemical and genetic tests to help with diagnosis.

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Neuro-ophthalmology

Neuro-ophthalmology Program
Provides care to patients with optic nerve problems, visual field defects, extraocular motility dysfunction and orbital disorders. Our services include the resources of Penn's Scheie Eye Institute, world renowned for its discoveries in vision care and eye surgery.

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Neuropsychiatry

Brain Injury and Behavior Center
Specializes in neurobehavioral medicine, providing comprehensive evaluation and treatment of mood, cognitive and behavioral disturbances in individuals with brain injuries and illnesses, including concussion, severe TBI, strokes, tumors, seizure disorders, and any diagnosed focal or generalized brain disease.

Neuropsychiatry

Expertly diagnose and treat complex behavioral changes associated with brain related disorders - brain injury, stroke, tumors, and epilepsy.

Translational Neuroscience Program
The Translational Neuroscience Program is multidisciplinary research program in the Department of Psychiatry that is dedicated to the treatment and understanding of schizophrenia. Research in the program is divided between the development of innovative treatment strategies and basic science studies related to the neurobiology of schizophrenia and neuropsychiatric disease.

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Neurorehabilitation

Center for Dynamic Imaging of Nervous System Function
Brings together more than 20 faculty members whose research focuses on neuronal development, regulation of ion channels and synaptic transmission, and glia-neuron interactions.

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Neurovascular

Neurovascular Center
Physicians in the Neurovascular Center provide rapid and complete evaluation and management of patients with cerebrovascular disorders.

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Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders

Parkinson's Disease & Movement Disorders Center
Provides comprehensive care to patients with Parkinson's disease, dystonia, tourette syndrome, Huntington's disease and other movement disorders.

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Peripheral Neuropathy

Center for Dynamic Imaging of Nervous System Function
Brings together more than 20 faculty members whose research focuses on neuronal development, regulation of ion channels and synaptic transmission, and glia-neuron interactions.

Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism
Aims to understand the genetic, biochemical, molecular, environmental, and behavioral origins of diabetes, obesity, and the complications of these diseases, with the goal of reducing their incidence and severity.

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Policy and Ethics

Center for Bioethics
A leader in bioethics research and its deployment in the ethical, efficient, and compassionate practice of the life sciences and medicine.

Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research
Consists of a group of multidisciplinary faculty and staff who research the organization, financing, and management structure of mental health care systems and the delivery of mental health services and provides consultation and technical support to those individuals and programs involved in implementing system change.

Neuroethics
Examines the myriad ways in which developments in basic and clinical neuroscience intersect with social and ethical issues.

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Schizophrenia

Brain Behavior Center (Neuropsychiatry)
Devoted to the study of schizophrenia through an integration of neurobiology and treatment. The focus of the center is to relate the genetic profile of the disorder to the patient's social, psychological and neurocognitive status.  The neuropsychiatry evaluation service diagnoses and treats complex behavioral changes associated with brain-related disorders - brain injury, stroke, tumors, and epilepsy.  The BBL also includes the Schizophrenia Research Center and the Stanley Center for Experimental Therapeutics.

Translational Neuroscience Program
The Translational Neuroscience Program is multidisciplinary research program in the Department of Psychiatry that is dedicated to the treatment and understanding of schizophrenia. Research in the program is divided between the development of innovative treatment strategies and basic science studies related to the neurobiology of schizophrenia and neuropsychiatric disease.

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Sensory Systems and Disorders

Center for Preventive Ophthalmology and Biostatistics
Leads and collaborates in ophthalmic clinical research through study design, protocol development, comprehensive data management, cutting-edge interpretation of fundus images, statistical analysis, and interpretation of data.

Hearing Sciences Center
The Hearing Sciences Center is a multidisciplinary center developed by the Department of Otorhinolaryngology to integrate the research activities of a number of scientists and laboratories on the Penn campus working in the area of hearing research.

Monell Chemical Senses Center
A non-profit independent scientific institute dedicated to interdisciplinary basic research on the senses of taste, smell and chemosensory irritation.

Smell and Taste Center
Three primary goals include: first, to provide clinical evaluation, treatment, and counseling for patients experiencing chemosensory deficits; second, to provide facilities for an intellectual focus for research in basic and applied aspects of chemosensation; and third, to provide training for students, doctoral level scientists, and others interested in chemoreception science.

Vision Research Center
Supports faculty doing vision research in a variety of Penn schools and departments.

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Sleep Disorders

Geriatric Sleep Research Program
Dedicated towards improving the sleep quality of seniors through research, education and clinical care.

Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology
A multidisciplinary center dedicated to exploring and understanding the basic mechanism of sleep and circadian rhythm, the pathogensis of sleep disorders and the outcomes of therapy. The CSCN has provided the training for numerous successful basic science and clinical researchers. The broad range of research activities, the frequent seminars and the excellent mentorship combine to make the CSCN a leader in the training of sleep medicine researchers.

Penn Sleep Centers
Provides state-of-the-art diagnostic services and treatment for the full range of sleep disorders. Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Penn Sleep Centers are the clinical arm of Penn's Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology, one of only three sleep centers in the United States designated by the National Institutes of Health as a specialized center for research in sleep.

Unit for Experimental Psychiatry
A multi-disciplinary group of investigators focused on establishing the nature of the physiological and neurobehavioral changes engendered by sleep loss and circadian rhythmicity.

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Spine

Neurosurgical Spine Center
Evaluates and treats all disorders of the spine in a multidisciplinary way by bringing together specialists from the departments of neurosurgery, orthopaedic surgery, rehabilitation medicine, neurology, anesthesia and prosthetics. The center also calls upon psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and social workers for a multidisciplinary approach in caring for you.

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Stroke

Center for Dynamic Imaging of Nervous System Function
Brings together more than 20 faculty members whose research focuses on neuronal development, regulation of ion channels and synaptic transmission, and glia-neuron interactions.

Neuropsychiatry
Expertly diagnose and treat complex behavioral changes associated with brain related disorders - brain injury, stroke, tumors, and epilepsy.

Penn Stroke Center
Offers comprehensive, compassionate, state-of-the-art care for people who have had a stroke or other critical neurologic conditions. In addition, patients at risk for stroke are evaluated and preventative strategies and risk-factor modification instituted. Our center provides innovative and investigational treatments for stroke and critical neurologic conditions.

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Translational Medicine

Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics
Supports research at the interface of basic and clinical research, with a particular focus on the development of new and safer therapeutic entities.

Translational Neuroscience Program
The Translational Neuroscience Program is multidisciplinary research program in the Department of Psychiatry that is dedicated to the treatment and understanding of schizophrenia. Research in the program is divided between the development of innovative treatment strategies and basic science studies related to the neurobiology of schizophrenia and neuropsychiatric disease.

Neurobehavior Testing Core
The Neurobehavior Testing Core provides comprehensive behavior phenotyping for models of psychiatric and neurological diseases as well as other disorders (ie metabolic) that impact behavior.

 

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