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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…
  • Sen. Markey praises UMass Chan-VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System partnership
    Community News

    Sen. Markey praises UMass Chan-VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System partnership

    U.S. Sen. Edward Markey toured the Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic on the campus of UMass Chan Medical School in Worcester on Tuesday.

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  • Susanne Muehlschlegel leads study on first-of-its-kind neuro ICU decision aids
    Research News

    Susanne Muehlschlegel leads study on first-of-its-kind neuro ICU decision aids

    A pilot clinical trial led by UMass Chan Medical School and Yale School of Medicine may have unlocked an important tool for families to review all treatment options for patients in the neuroscience intensive care unit incapable of making their own decisions.

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  • Chancellor Collins: Momentum high at UMass Chan after year of milestone accomplishments
    Community News

    Chancellor Collins: Momentum high at UMass Chan after year of milestone accomplishments

    In his annual Convocation address to the UMass Chan Medical School community on Thursday, Sept. 16, Chancellor Michael F. Collins expressed optimism for the Medical School’s ambitious future and touted the enormous momentum moving the school forward.

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