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Annual Report 2020

FAU Brain Institute releases their 2020 Annual Report: Masterminds. Read the report here.

Inaugurated in 2016 under the leadership of Executive Director Randy D. Blakely, Ph.D., the FAU Brain Institute is a physical and programmatic embodiment of the Neuroscience Pillar, designated as one of four academic research investment areas in the 2015 FAU Strategic Plan with greatest potential to impact multiple dimensions of the university. The Brain Institute supports research, education and community outreach, with efforts spanning all of the FAU campuses.

The Brain Institute supports research, education and community outreach, with efforts spanning all of the FAU campuses. The Brain Institute administrative home is on the FAU MacArthur campus in Jupiter, Florida that also houses the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and the Scripps Florida Research Institute.

The Brain Institute supports state-of-the-art research and innovative educational activities of more than 100 neuroscience faculty-level investigators located at FAU and affiliate research centers, and is the sponsor for the FAU Neuroscience Student Organization.

Collectively, we seek to unlock the secrets of brain development, function and plasticity and how the mechanisms uncovered can be compromised to drive devastating brain disorders such as Autism, Schizophrenia, Depression and Alzheimer’s Disease.

  SPOTLIGHT STORIES

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Lorena Areal, Ph.D.
Mentor: Randy Blakely, Ph.D.

I investigate mechanisms by which altered DAT function can drive risk for neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. My current research focuses on molecular, circuit, and behavioral alterations exhibited in the DAT... Read More

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Paula Gajewski-Kurdziel, Ph.D.
Mentor: Randy Blakely, Ph.D.

My research focuses on uncovering the cellular and molecular networks that support immune system modulation of CNS serotonergic signaling. Read More

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Sirisha Madem, Ph.D.
Mentor: Lucia Carvelli, Ph.D.

My research focuses on understanding how perturbations of the epigenome by drugs of abuse may lead to long lasting changes that eventually result in heritable alterations in gene expression. Read More

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May 26, 2020

The FAU Brain Institute Summer Neuroscience Scholars (SUNS) program is an 8-week program that is currently providing students with direct, remote learning in preparation for research in the laboratory.

Paula Gajewski-Kurdziel
May 21, 2020

One in five Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year. Paula Gajewski-Kurdziel, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in FAU's Brain Institute received a three-year, $65.5 thousand grant from the National Institutes...

Alaina Tillman
May 07, 2020

2020 FAU Brain Institute Graduate Features

ABOUT: WELCOME TO THE BRAIN INSTITUTE! THESE ARE EXCITING TIMES FOR NEUROSCIENCE AT FAU.
ACADEMICS: CHECK OUT OUR UNMATCHED GRADUATE NEUROSCIENCE TRAINING PROGRAM (GNTP)
RESEARCH: UNIQUE COLLABORATION WITH 6 OUTSTANDING INSTITUTES AND FOUNDATION.
GIVE: SUPPORT RESEARCH, EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY. HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
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RESEARCH OFFICE

FAU Brain Institute Jupiter Campus
Room 107, MC-17
5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458
Phone: 561.799.8100 | Fax: 561.799.8156

EDUCATION OFFICE

FAU Brain Institute Boca Raton Campus
Room 103A, SE-43
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: 561.297.4989