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The NeuroNexus Institute at UMass Chan Medical School

Nexus: a connection, hub or junction, a connected group or series, the center or focus.

  • The NeuroNexus Institute at UMass Chan Medical School brings together basic scientists, clinicians and trainees with the goal of understanding nervous system function and dysfunction, leading to improved diagnosis and treatment of neurological, neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders.
  • Institute faculty also teach, supervise, and mentor the next generation of academic and industry leaders, medical practitioners and educators. 
  • Our community also reaches out to increase public awareness of nervous system function and diseases, of fact-based scientific investigation, and to reduce the stigma of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Our Mission: From Discoveries to Therapies

The mission of the NeuroNexus Institute at UMass Chan Medical School is to catalyze interactions between basic scientists and translational or clinician scientists, forming interdisciplinary teams that tackle innovative projects, achieve breakthroughs in basic neuroscience knowledge, and accelerate development and implementation of innovative therapies to treat neurological conditions.

Our Vision

To integrate our extensive local community of basic and clinical neuroscientists into a hub of interactions, leading to innovation, discovery, and development of new treatments for neurological disorders, and attract diverse funding sources.

Our Approach is to:

  • Understand principles of nervous system physiology
  • Leverage these principles of neuroscience to understand disease mechanisms
  • Accelerate treatments
  • Educate future generations of academic leaders and medical practitioners
  • Impact patient care
  • Reach out and Educate the public of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond
Getting Results…
  • New education and research building enters final phase of construction

    New education and research building enters final phase of construction

    Construction equipment and office trailers used in the construction of the new education and research building at UMass Chan will soon be removed as construction enters the final phase before completion of the building in early June.

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  • UMass Chan researchers earn PolyBio Foundation award for long COVID, neurodegenerative disease study

    UMass Chan researchers earn PolyBio Foundation award for long COVID, neurodegenerative disease study

    The scientists will use a human cerebral organoid platform to evaluate the role of COVID in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia 

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  • Prestigious Kirschstein Award helps fund MD/PhD student's ALS research

    Prestigious Kirschstein Award helps fund MD/PhD student's ALS research

    MD/PhD student Abigail Hiller has received an award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study the role genes linked to Alzheimers disease play in ALS.

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  • UMass Chan leads multisite VA study on prism adaptation therapy for spatial neglect following stroke

    UMass Chan leads multisite VA study on prism adaptation therapy for spatial neglect following stroke

    A multisite Veterans Affairs study led by A.M. Barrett, MD, and Kevin Houston, OD, aims to define and validate brain imaging biomarkers that predict response to prism adaptation therapy in patients with spatial neglect following right-brain stroke.

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