The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN), a research endeavor of seven metropolitan Atlanta colleges and universities, has been elevated to the newest university level research center at Georgia State University.
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The CBN, headquartered at Georgia State, includes Georgia State, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse School of Medicine, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College.
Research by CBN scientists has unlocked knowledge about how the brain works and how neurological disorders can be treated, yielding a new drug under trials for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, and ways to mitigate and treat pain in infancy.
The new designation as one of Georgia State’s university-level research centers elevates the university’s position as a home for the best researchers in neuroscience, and allows the CBN to continue its work in research and neuroscience education from kindergarten through 12th grade to the college level.
“I am delighted that we are launching this new university-level research center under the leadership of Dr. H. Elliott Albers. director of the CBN and Regents’ Professor of Neuroscience,” said James Weyhenmeyer, vice president for research and economic development at Georgia State. “As a university-level research center, the CBN will continue to build on its strong record of using interdisciplinary approaches to leverage the significant expertise at Georgia State and in the greater metro Atlanta area.”
The center was initially funded through a 10-year National Science Foundation grant that ended in 2009.
“As a large research center serving Georgia State University and other Atlanta institutions for over a decade we felt it important to recognize the CBN within the
center program at the university,” said Albers. “The resources provided by the university center program will allow the CBN to be effective in obtaining new funding for research and education, and will also provide a home for its administration at the Parker H. Petit Science Center.”
At Georgia State, the CBN led to the formation of the university’s Neuroscience Institute, which includes researchers from biology, chemistry, psychology, physics and astronomy, computer science, mathematics and statistics, and philosophy.
The university’s strategic plan places a high importance on the creation and enhancement of multidisciplinary research centers.
The Center for Inflammation, Immunity and Infection, another university-level research center founded in 2011 under the leadership of Jian-Dong Li, is working on biomedical areas that range from obesity to respiratory diseases to vaccine development.
For more about the CBN, visit www.cbn-atl.org. For more about the Neuroscience Institute, visit neuroscience.gsu.edu. To learn more about Georgia State ’s strategic plan, visit strategic.gsu.edu.
Jan. 28, 2013