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Comprehensive Neuroscience Center

Promoting and supporting interdisciplinary neuroscience research, clinical care, and education at UAB

The UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center (CNC) is a network of more than 500 UAB neuroscience research faculty, clinicians, staff, students, and trainees from 32 UAB departments and 9 UAB schools. The CNC serves as a focal point for basic and applied neuroscience research at UAB.


Strategic Faculty Recruitment Program in Neuroscience

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Heersink School of Medicine (HSOM) is recruiting up to 20 investigators as part of a major strategic initiative in the neurosciences to build on a strong portfolio across basic and translational research.

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CNC Retreat 2023

The CNC sponsors an annual retreat for the UAB neuroscience community. The retreat usually features external keynote speakers, junior faculty presentations, and a trainee poster session with presentation awards.

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Neuroscience Research and Education

UAB offers multiple paths to careers in the neuroscience workforce. Students may find their calling as clinicians or clinician-scientists working with patients in any number of neuro-related specialties or find their calling with fundamental science.

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Latest Headlines

  • Morphine tolerance results from Tiam1-mediated maladaptive plasticity in spinal neurons
    Understanding the mechanisms underlying tolerance and hyperalgesia is essential to enhance morphine’s utility in chronic pain management.
  • How the brain translates motivation into goal-oriented behavior, according to new study
    In the mouse brain, two neural pathways were discovered: The first is active during motivation; the second is active only at the termination of motivation. In humans, these pathways could underlie motivational dysfunctions present in various psychiatric conditions.
  • A sense of touch: ASICs are the receptor for a proton synaptic messenger between Merkel cells and an afferent nerve
    Merkel cells in fingertips were known to turn mechanical force into an electrical signal, but how that signal transferred to the nerve across the synapse was unknown.

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