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UW Neuroscience receives $5 million NIH Grant
Understanding how the brain changes during development and in response to the environment, the development of drugs to treat chronic pain and new insights into the treatment of Huntington's disease are among neuroscience advances at the University of Wyoming that will be bolstered by a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
"The Neuroscience Center investigators work on interrelated projects that seek to understand how experience shapes neuronal function and synaptic connections during the life span of the animal, and how normal function may be reversed by neurodegenerative diseases and aging," Neuroscience Center Director Professor Francis (Bill) Flynn says. "The overall scientific objective is to utilize a multi-pronged and interdisciplinary approach to address common themes in neurodegeneration and aging, neuroplasticity and chronic pain."
"Neuroscience research has come a long way in the past 10 years," Flynn says. "We now are looking for additional neuroscience funding opportunities, such as educational training grants, that will continue to build neuroscience research and research opportunities at UW."
Dr. Francis W. "Bill" Flynn
My research focuses on identifying the neural and hormonal systems that are involved in the control fluid balance. The regulation of fluid balance requires behavioral (control of salt intake) and neuroendocrine responses (release of vasopressin and oxytocin), and our laboratory focuses on the neural mechanisms that underlie these responses. Behavioral testing, neuroanatomical tracing, immunohistochemical, and molecular biology techniques are used to identify the neural structures and chemical phenotypes of neurons that participate in the regulation of fluid balance and osmoregulation.
Learn more about the Neuroscience Program.