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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…
  • UMass ALS Cellucci Fund Boston Marathon Team on track to raise record $100K

    UMass ALS Cellucci Fund Boston Marathon Team on track to raise record $100K

    As they make their way 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Copley Square on April 15, the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund Boston Marathon Team will be the largest group of runners in the team’s 13-year history of raising funds to support ALS research.

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  • Local high school students compete in Central Mass. Brain Bee at UMass Chan

    Local high school students compete in Central Mass. Brain Bee at UMass Chan

    Natick resident and Stanford Online High School student Rebecca Ahn outperformed other local high school students in the final round of the competition on March 16.

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  • UMass Chan to host 18th annual Brain Bee competition for local high school students

    UMass Chan to host 18th annual Brain Bee competition for local high school students

    Students will be competing for the Andrew Sheridan Young Neuroscientist Award and an all-expense paid trip to participate in the 2024 USA National Bee at the University of Central Florida in April. 

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  • 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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