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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…
  • Four seed grants will be supported by the Dan and Diane Riccio Fund for Neuroscience in 2022
    Research News

    Four seed grants will be supported by the Dan and Diane Riccio Fund for Neuroscience in 2022

    The 2022 Dan and Diane Riccio Fund for Neuroscience seed grants will support four teams of researchers collaborating on multidisciplinary projects.

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  • A.M. Barrett named chair of Department of Neurology at UMass Chan
    Community News

    Anna A.M. Barrett named chair of Department of Neurology at UMass Chan

    Physician-scientist A.M. Barrett, MD, is joining UMass Chan Medical School as chair and professor of neurology. Additionally, Dr. Barrett has been named chief of the Neurology Service at the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System.

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  • Inaugural Donna M. and Robert J. Manning Chairs celebrated at special investiture ceremony
    Community News

    Inaugural Donna M. and Robert J. Manning Chairs celebrated at special investiture ceremony

    UMass Chan Medical School celebrated in a special investiture ceremony on June 22 the $5 million gift of UMass Lowell alumni Donna and Robert Manning, which established Donna M. and Robert J. Manning Chairs in neurosciences, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, nursing, and biomedical sciences.

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