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.
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.