The Neuroscience Department is a collaborative locus of diversified scientific expertise, devoted to discovering effective central nervous system therapies to prevent, treat, or cure neurological diseases and mental health disorders.  Investigators within the Department and the related Departments of Chemistry, Cancer, and Infectious Disease are exploring the underlying mechanisms of neuronal cell death and dysfunction in Parkinson Disease, Huntington Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, schizophrenia, and pain. Researchers from Southern Research collaborate extensively with investigators from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) nearby and are involved in mentoring graduate and undergraduate trainees. Furthermore, Neuroscience Department faculty are actively involved in neuroscience-related drug development projects managed by the Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance, a program specifically designed to leverage the unique expertise of Southern Research and UAB faculty to develop successful small molecule-based treatments for disease.

The Neuroscience Department at Southern Research is substantially expanding its faculty, resources, and research capabilities. The overarching missions of investigators in the Neuroscience Department are:

  • To maintain nationally competitive research programs in the mechanisms of neurodegeneration and neuropsychiatric illness
  • To work together to conceptualize novel approaches and drug targets for neurological and psychiatric disease
  • To work with intramural and extramural collaborators to promote advancement of novel drug discovery and development efforts