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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    Research Output

    Analgesic use in contemporary burn practice: Applications to burn mass casualty incident planning

    Leazer, S. T., Nyland, J. E., Escolas, S. M., Aden, J. K., Rauschendorfer, C. A., Cancio, L. C. & Chung, K. K., Feb 2020, In : Burns. 46, 1, p. 90-96 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • An effective erythropoietin dose regimen protects against severe nerve injury-induced pathophysiological changes with improved neural gene expression and enhances functional recovery

    Govindappa, P. K., Talukder, M. A. H., Gurjar, A. A., Hegarty, J. P. & Elfar, J. C., May 2020, In : International Immunopharmacology. 82, 106330.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • An Electronic Aerosol Delivery System for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

    Hobkirk, A. L., Bitzer, Z., Goel, R., Sica, C. T., Livelsberger, C., Yingst, J., Houser, K. R., Rupprecht, S., Trushin, N., Karunanayaka, P., Foulds, J., Richie, J. P., Spreen, L., Hoglen, B., Wang, J., Elias, R. J. & Yang, Q. X., Jan 1 2020, In : Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment. 14

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Angiotensin-(1-7) Attenuates Protein O-GlcNAcylation in the Retina by EPAC/Rap1-Dependent Inhibition of O-GlcNAc Transferase

    Dierschke, S. K., Toro, A. L., Barber, A. J., Arnold, A. C. & Dennis, M. D., Feb 7 2020, In : Investigative ophthalmology & visual science. 61, 2, 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • A short period of dark-adaptation is sufficient to generate light-induced photoreceptor degeneration in pigmented zebrafish

    Khan, A. S., Friemel, T. D., Grillo, S. L. & Stella, S. L., Jan 8 2020, In : Neuroreport. 31, 1, p. 22-28 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • c-Jun N terminal kinase signaling pathways mediate cannabinoid tolerance in an agonist-specific manner

    Henderson-Redmond, A. N., Nealon, C. M., Davis, B. J., Yuill, M. B., Sepulveda, D. E., Blanton, H. L., Piscura, M. K., Zee, M. L., Haskins, C. P., Marcus, D. J., Mackie, K., Guindon, J. & Morgan, D. J., Mar 1 2020, In : Neuropharmacology. 164, 107847.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Colour as a cue to eat: Effects of plate colour on snack intake in pre-school children

    Carstairs, S. A., Caton, S. J., Hetherington, M. M., Rolls, B. J. & Cecil, J. E., Jul 2020, In : Food Quality and Preference. 83, 103862.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Context-dependent activation of SIRT3 is necessary for anchorage-independent survival and metastasis of ovarian cancer cells

    Kim, Y. S., Gupta Vallur, P., Jones, V. M., Worley, B. L., Shimko, S., Shin, D. H., Crawford, L. T. C., Chen, C. W., Aird, K. M., Abraham, T., Shepherd, T. G., Warrick, J. I., Lee, N. Y., Phaeton, R., Mythreye, K. & Hempel, N., Feb 20 2020, In : Oncogene. 39, 8, p. 1619-1633 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Current status and future prospects of pathophysiology-based neuroprotective drugs for the treatment of vascular dementia

    Sinha, K., Sun, C., Kamari, R. & Bettermann, K., Apr 2020, In : Drug Discovery Today. 25, 4, p. 793-799 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Development and validation testing of a weight management nutrition knowledge questionnaire for adults

    Mikhail, D., Rolls, B., Yost, K., Balls-Berry, J., Gall, M., Blixt, K., Novotny, P., Albertie, M. & Jensen, M., Mar 1 2020, In : International Journal of Obesity. 44, 3, p. 579-589 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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