URMC is ranked seventh in the nation in the amount of funding it receives from the National Institutes of Health to study neurological disorders, and our researchers have reshaped how we understand and treat these diseases. Our scientists have been at the forefront of efforts to unravel the complex biology of the brain, how the central nervous system integrates and communicates to perform sensory perception, control muscles, adapt to changes (neuroplasticity), and shape memory and cognition, and how diseases and injury can disrupt these functions.
Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS)
Research at the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences spans a large domain and straddles several disciplines in the behavioral, neural, and computational sciences. However, all of our work is connected by the idea that to understand behavior we must study not only behavior but also the processes—both neural and computational—that underlies it.
Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics (CHET)
CHET's mission is to conduct hypothesis-driven, rigorously designed, initial investigations of novel therapeutic interventions for human diseases. The Center will utilize a team of dedicated clinical researchers and research cores to efficiently conduct initial clinical trials in diseases. The investigators will draw upon interventions discovered at URMC translational centers, in addition to forming national and global consortia of expert clinical investigators collaborating with URMC leadership.
Center for Neural Development and Disease
Active research in the Center for Neural Development and Disease includes the study of fundamental neural mechanisms in simple model organisms, research on protection against of neural insults (including HIV infection, stroke and neurodegeneration), studies on the mechanisms and treatment of neuromuscular and neoplastic disorders, and work on promoting recovery after traumatic brain injury.
Center for Translational Neuromedicine (CTN)
The Center for Translational Neuromedicine focuses on the development of new approaches for treating neurological diseases, primarily using cell and gene therapy. Our emphasis is on using these technologies to mobilize endogenous stem and progenitor cells of the adult brain and spinal cord, as a means of structural repair. In addition, stem cell isolation and genomics analysis, as well as advanced imaging and transplant strategies are also pursued, both for biological assessment and therapeutic modeling.
Center for Visual Science (CVS)
CVS at the University of Rochester brings together scientists from many disciplines with the common goal of pursuing excellence in vision research. CVS consists of more than 30 research laboratories that include faculty from the departments of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Neurobiology & Anatomy, Neurology, Flaum Eye Institute, and Optics.
Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME)
BME is a world-class research institution with a commitment to education, they take pride in providing opportunities for both undergraduates and graduate students to become involved in the research process. Research specialties include Biomechanics, Medical Imaging, Cell & Tissue Engineering, Neuroengineering, Biomedical Optics, Biomedical Acoustics, and Biomedical Nanotechnology.
Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy (NBA)
The Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy remains true to its historical roots as a ‘full-service’ enterprise with strong mission commitments in research, education, and institutional and extramural service, with a slice of clinical activity as well. We combine ongoing enthusiasm and innovation in each of these core missions with a collegiate and congenial ecology that ensures an engaging future. Renewed and novel research and teaching partnerships within NBA and with other departments and centers promises to yield synergy across the neuroscience community in areas of common interest.
Department of Pediatrics
Research at the Department of Pediatrics aims to discover how to prevent childhood diseases, limit complications from treatment, and effectively manage chronic illness.
Institute for Data Science
The Institute for Data Science serves as a university-wide hub for data science-related research and educational programs, while further facilitating collaborations through a new state-of-the-art facility as a home for data science.
Translational Pain Research
The Translational Pain Research Program conducts leading edge clinical research across the spectrum of acute, peri-operative, and chronic pain conditions. The team includes a physician clinical investigator, nurses, study coordinators, biostatisticians, basic science collaborators, postdoctoral fellows and university trainees.
UR Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Institute
The University of Rochester Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Institute was founded in 2008 in recognition of the tremendous promise that the discipline of stem cell biology offers for our understanding of development, disease and discovery of new treatments for a wide range of afflictions. Much as the discoveries of antibiotics and vaccination revolutionized our abilities to treat disease and reduce suffering, the discoveries of stem cell biology are poised to provide similar benefits.