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Multi-million dollar grant for the UPR to study the relationship between the nervous system and the environment

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The Institute of Neurobiology of the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico received a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the effects of environmental stressors on the structure and function of the nervous system.

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Dr. Manuel Díaz-Ríos: Promoting neuroscience in the laboratory and the community

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El Dr. Manuel Díaz-Ríos y su equipo de investigación
Dr. Manuel Díaz-Ríos and his research group

In the laboratory of Dr. Manuel Díaz-Ríos at the University of Puerto Rico’s Institute of Neurobiology, the students and personnel not only study how the motor nervous system functions and how it is affected with trauma or degenerative diseases, but they also learn the value of volunteer work and have the opportunity to teach kids and the community about science. Manolo (as he is known by his friends) firmly believes how important it is for scientists to contribute beyond the walls of the lab through education and mentoring. 

UPR investigates: RNA modifications to cure disease

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In the Institute for Neurobiology in San Juan, an investigator and his students from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) are searching for the way to modify human molecules to eliminate genetic mutations and create new therapies for diseases. 
 
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Neuroscientist shines at regional conference

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Marla Rivera-Oliver, a graduate student at the Institute of Neurobiology of the University of Puerto Rico, was selected to present her research in the oral Neuroscience session at the Southeast Regional IDeA conference in Biloxi, MS (Nov 11-13, 2015). Marla’s presentation, "The Modulatory Effects of Caffeine on the Intrinsic Properties of Spinal Lateral Motoneurons", a collaboration with Yocasta Alvarez-Bagnarol and her research mentor Dr. Manuel Diaz-Rios, received a commemorative certificate and a $500 award. She was the only neuroscience graduate student to be selected for an oral presentation. 

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Young scientist finds clues for one day curing glaucoma

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The regeneration of the optic nerve and a cure for glaucoma could one day be possible thanks in part to findings from a study led by Giam Vega-Meléndez, a young 26 year-old Puerto Rican graduate student who is on a fast-track to a research career. Vega found that certain proteins, naturally released by the body during development, can promote the regrowth of optic the nerve after injury or degeneration. The research project was conducted in its entirety by Vega-Meléndez, a graduate student in the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences campus (UPR-MSC), under the direction of Dr.

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UPR Investigator among 2013 NIH High Risk-High Reward Research Awardees

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Pushing the boundaries of neuroscience

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The newly established Puerto Rico Center for Environmental Neuroscience (PRCEN) uses a multidisciplinary approach “to understand the complex interplay of molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecosystem dynamics faced by organisms under the increasingly stressful conditions created by human impacts on the environment,” explained the director of the Institute of Neurobiology, Dr. Steve Treistman. 

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Pushing the boundaries of neurobiology: The Puerto Rico Center for Environmental Neuroscience

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El Instituto de Neurobiología en el Viejo San Juan.
Located in historic Old San Juan, the Institute of Neurobiology has established the Puerto Rico Center for Environmental Neuroscience, becoming a pioneer in this emerging field.

Every organism, from flies to humans, experiences their surroundings through the nervous system.  The senses, specialized parts of that nervous system, allow organisms to explore and respond to an ever-changing environment.  The ability to interact with, respond and adapt to an environment and its changes is a key feature for any organism’s survival.

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