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Today we have the tools necessary to accomplish experiments that were impossible only a decade ago. The question facing us now is how to prioritize the experiments that need to be done in order to lead to significant developments in clinical intervention. Collaboration is essential in the research progress, because many of the projects we undertake call for expertise in biophysics, molecular biology, neuroanatomy, and, often, clinical medicine. Because of its success in building relationships, the BRI has been instrumental in facilitating continual progress in neuroscience research.
For this progress to continue, we need to maintain excellence in faculty and student recruiting, advanced laboratory and core facilities, and broad-based collaboration. From a research perspective, the BRI is a great enabler, establishing a framework for success that is unparalleled.
UCLA’s neuroscience research programs focus on:
- repairing neural tissue damaged by injury or disease;
- explaining the basis of learning and memory;
- treating and preventing stroke;
- providing advanced brain imaging for research and diagnosis; and
- treating neurological disorders such as intractable epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease.