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University of Pittsburgh creates Brain Institute

January 13, 2014 News Extra

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PITTSBURGH — The University of Pittsburgh has created a Brain Institute to study treatments and cures for various neurological diseases and injuries.

The new institute consists of five centers.

The NeuroTech center will study ways to repair paralysis and sight to the blind. A NeuroGenetics center will develop primate models of various brain disorders that will be used to develop treatments and cures.

The NeuroMapping Center will focus on understanding the brain’s circuitry as it relates to learning, emotion, language and other attributes. The NeuroLearning Center will study how the brain learns and remembers. The NeuroDiscovery Center will focus on high-risk research in neuroscience.

The schools Neurobiology chair, professor Peter Strick, is the institute’s founding scientific director.

Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg says the school has the “intellectual firepower” to lead such research.

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