Department of Neural and Behavioral Sciences

  • United States

Organization profile

Organization profile

The Department of Neural and Behavioral Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine was created in 2006 by the amalgamation of the Department of Neuroscience and Anatomy with the Department of Behavioral Science. In addition to their own research programs, department faculty members have strong collaborations with many other basic science and clinical departments.

The department also has strong educational programs and serves as the home for the anatomy and neuroscience graduate programs that provide opportunities for both master's and doctoral students.

The nervous system is the organ of sensation and response that regulates and integrates all our bodily functions and behaviors, and studies of its structure and function are among the most exciting areas of biology today.

The dramatic growth in techniques and knowledge in the areas of genomics, proteomics and metabolomics combined with increasingly sophisticated electrophysiological and behavioral methods are giving unprecedented opportunities to discover how the nervous system works and how it communicates with the rest of the body as well as with the outside world. As the department continues to expand, it is hiring new faculty who can take advantage of these new approaches and opportunities.

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Brain Medicine & Life Sciences
Neurons Medicine & Life Sciences
Iron Medicine & Life Sciences
Opioid Analgesics Medicine & Life Sciences
Rats Chemical Compounds
Retina Medicine & Life Sciences
Naltrexone Medicine & Life Sciences
Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins Medicine & Life Sciences

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Kerstin Bettermann, MD, PhD

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Research Output 1970 2020

Gastric vagal afferent neuropathy following experimental spinal cord injury

Besecker, E. M., Blanke, E. N., Deiter, G. M. & Holmes, G. M., Jan 2020, In : Experimental Neurology. 323, 113092.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Spinal Cord Injuries
Cholecystokinin A Receptor

Model-based assessment and neural correlates of spatial memory deficits in mild cognitive impairment

Weigard, A. S., Sathian, K. & Hampstead, B. M., Jan 2020, In : Neuropsychologia. 136, 107251.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Memory Disorders
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Temporal Lobe
Social Adjustment
Task Performance and Analysis
1 Citation (Scopus)

Transdermal delivery of 4-aminopyridine accelerates motor functional recovery and improves nerve morphology following sciatic nerve crush injury in mice

Clark, A., Hsu, C., Hassan Talukder, M., Noble, M. & Elfar, J., Jan 1 2020, In : Neural Regeneration Research. 15, 1, p. 136-144 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Nerve Crush
Sciatic Nerve
Peripheral Nerve Injuries
Neural Conduction
2 Citations (Scopus)

4-Aminopyridine as a single agent diagnostic and treatment for severe nerve crush injury

Noble, M., Tseng, K. C., Li, H. & Elfar, J., Mar 1 2019, In : Military medicine. 184, p. 379-385 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Nerve Crush
Peripheral Nerve Injuries
Wounds and Injuries
1 Citation (Scopus)

4-Aminopyridine attenuates muscle atrophy after sciatic nerve crush injury in mice

Yue, L., Talukder, M. A. H., Gurjar, A., Lee, J. I., Noble, M., Dirksen, R. T., Chakkalakal, J. & Elfar, J., Aug 1 2019, In : Muscle and Nerve. 60, 2, p. 192-201 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Nerve Crush
Muscular Atrophy
Sciatic Nerve

Abstracts of Presentations at the Association of Clinical Scientists 139th Meeting Hershey, PA, May 15-18, 2019

Donaldson, K., Buchanich, J. M., Grigson, P. S., Deneke, E., Vrana, K. E., Sacks, D. B., Kuehn, G. J., Cardamone, D., Pesce, A., Smiley, S., Nickley, J., Krock, K., Thomas, R., Wilkerson, M. L., Farag, H. A., Challa, S. R., Tice, A. M., Wolk, D. M., Prichard, J., Grant, M. L. & 102 others, Regmi, S., Kerbacher, B., Quinton, L. E., Tice, A. M., Olson, J., Haynes, A., Yu, E., McCully, K. S., Assi, J., Wong, M., Zarrin-Khameh, N., Nifong, T. P., Hawker, C. D., Carlton, G. T., Rivera, J. M., Foulis, P. R., Zuraw, A., Morlote, D., Peker, D., Reddy, V., Harada, S., Crutchfield, C., Zander, D., Barbhuiya, M. A., Pederson, E. C., Straub, M. L., Scott, S. C., Neibauer, T. L., Salter, W. F., Creer, M. H., Zhu, Y., Bornhorst, J. A., Theobald, J. P., Algeciras-Schimnich, A., Cao, L., Knox, J., Hardy, R., Texas, H. J., McGuire, M. F., Hunter, R. L., Brown, R. E., Hicks, J., Cai, Z., Brown, R. E., Ali, Y., Cheng, K. C., Katz, S. R., Ding, Y., Vanselow, D. J., Yakovlev, M. A., Lin, A. Y., Clark, D. P., Vargas, P., Xin, X., Copper, J. E., Canfield, V. A., Ang, K. C., Wang, Y., Xiao, X., De Carlo, F., van Rossum, D. B., La Rivière, P. J., Newell, J., Hossler, C., Roche, M., Warrick, J., Phaeton, R., Kesterson, J., Myers, C., Barrios, R., Mintz, P., Robyak, K., Hamilton, C., McGhee, P., Pederson, C., Straub, M., Scott, S., Neibauer, T., Salter, W., Robyak, K., Singh, N., Morlote, D., Vnencak-Jones, C., Yemelyanova, A., Harada, S., Shah, M., Moghadamtousi, S. Z., Lan, C., Duose, D., Hu, P., Esquenazi, Y., Luthra, R., Ballester, L. Y., Koenig, A. N., Liu, C. G., Zhang, J., Kalia, A., Al-Habib, A., Van Arsdall, M., Dhingra, S., Patel, K. & Tatevian, N., May 1 2019, In : Annals of clinical and laboratory science. 49, 3, p. 403-416 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Acute Postoperative Pain Management After Major Limb Amputation in a Pediatric Patient: A Case Report

Grap, S., Fox, E., Freeman, M., Blackall, G. & Dalal, P., Aug 1 2019, In : Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing. 34, 4, p. 801-809 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Phantom Limb
Acute Pain
Pain Management
Postoperative Pain

Adenosine receptor expression in the adult zebrafish retina

Grillo, S., McDevitt, D. S., Voas, M. G., Khan, A. S., Grillo, M. A. & Stella, S., Sep 1 2019, In : Purinergic Signalling. 15, 3, p. 327-342 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Purinergic P1 Receptors
Nuclear Lamina

Alterations in tibiotalar joint reaction force following syndesmotic injury are restored with static syndesmotic fixation

Kelly, M., Vasconcellos, D., Osman, W. S., Masqoodi, N., Fowler, X., Elfar, J., Olles, M. W., Flemister, A. S., Ketz, J. P. & Oh, I., Oct 1 2019, In : Clinical Biomechanics. 69, p. 156-163 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ankle Injuries
Wounds and Injuries
Joint Instability
1 Citation (Scopus)
Parkinsonian Disorders
Brain Stem
Parkinson Disease

Projects 1976 2024

Spinal Cord Injuries
Enteric Nervous System
Neurogenic Bowel
Smooth Muscle
Reactive Oxygen Species
Retinal Degeneration
Retinitis Pigmentosa
Retinal Rod Photoreceptor Cells
Opioid Analgesics
Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
Diabetes Complications
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Cell Death
Brain Stem
High Fat Diet
Solitary Nucleus
Brain Stem
Gastrointestinal Motility
Pancreatic Polypeptide
Street Drugs
Self Administration
Pharmaceutical Preparations