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The USF Health Neuroscience Institute (NSI) is a recently developed, inter-disciplinary union at USF, which joins together five academic departments: the Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair, the Department of Neurology, The Department of Neuropsychiatry, The Department of Molecular Medicine, and The Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology; as well as three specialized centers: the Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, the Parkinson's Disease & Movement Disorders Center, and the The Center of Excellence for Aging & Brain Repair (CEABR).
Neuroscience is truly a multidisciplinary field, and the NSI formed to unify research being done in numerous USF labs and USF Health clinics across Tampa Bay. The Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair Chairman, Dr. Harry van Loveren serves as both the CEO for the Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, as well as the Chairman of the NSI Executive Committee. The NSI is committed to pulling together the resources and efforts of USF Health to promote world-class research and ensure patients now, and in the future, have access to first-class patient care.
The CEABR is focused on basic and transitional research addressing degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, ALS, and Parkinson’s’ and more acute conditions including spinal cord injury and stroke. CEABR is located on the USF-North Campus and maintains ten full time PhD Neuroscience Research Laboratories.
Research includes ongoing work in the Neural Transplantation Laboratory, where various projects are looking into the use of stem cell therapy to treat neurological disorders and disease; and focus on the discovery and development of drugs primarily focused on the Central Nervous System, in the CNS D³ Laboratory.
Located on Davis Island, the Osman Laboratory is a fully functional laboratory facility offering opportunities for research and various cadaveric dissection. The lab is available to all residents, fellows, and faculty within the department.