UM Neuroscience Facility Opens to the Public for a Behind the Scenes Tour and Access to Renowned Brain Scientists and Genetic Researchers

The Departments of Psychology and Biology at the University of Miami (UM) College of Arts & Sciences invite you to an Open House to learn more about its world-renowned explorations and research on brain, behavior, and health, and meet the scientists who are driving groundbreaking discoveries in the fields of neuroscience and genetics.

‌The event will take place on Friday, November 6, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Coral Gables campus, 5151 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables. UM alumni, friends, parents, and the community are encouraged to tour the state-of-the-art laboratories at the Neuroscience building and see firsthand the cutting-edge research and contributions the faculty are making in the dynamic fields associated with the complexities of the human brain.

“Understanding the brain and neuroscience in general are major initiatives in the College of Arts & Sciences. Many of our graduate, undergraduate and post-doctoral students work alongside faculty to advance knowledge and understanding in this vital field,” said Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences Leonidas Bachas. “This new Neuroscience building is where collaboration, sharing of research findings, and transformational interactions take place to enable breakthroughs that lead to solutions to health and fundamental scientific challenges.”

The Open House also presents an opportune time for attendees to speak with biologists, cognitive neuroscientists and brain researchers, and tour the labs where collaborative research and brain imaging happens on a day-to-day basis. Scientists and researchers who will share their excitement of contemporary neuroscience and genetics research and explain how these fields apply to our everyday lives.

"Ongoing research projects in the Neuroscience building have provided new and exciting opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to be immersed in cutting-edge research seeking to elucidate how the nervous system develops, and how the brain functions in healthy individuals and in people with various diseases and disorders," said Professor and Chair of the Biology Department Dr. Athula Wikramanayake.

At the Open House, attendees will see firsthand the dynamics of the Neuroscience building and its functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) research laboratory where UM scientists and researchers focus on specific neurobiology and neuropsychology areas of study, such as anxiety disorders, memory loss, language development and attention disorders.

“Construction of this state-of-the-art facility was supported by funds from the National Institutes of Health, and the building is an ideal interactive ‘hub’ for interdisciplinary research utilizing neurobiological imaging and molecular genetics to study basic and applied biological processes in health and disease,” said Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department Dr. Philip McCabe.

The 37,700-sq.-ft. facility, strategically located next to the Cox Science Center, was designed with input from working scientists, and encourages collaborative space where researchers can share common resources and have access to core facilities.

TO ATTEND: Please RSVP at http://as.miami.edu/noh; e-mail scass@miami.edu or call 305-284-5531.

NOTE: Media interested in covering the event should contact, Deserae E. del Campo at deserae@miami.edu or 305-284-2485. 

October 20, 2015