The decade of the brain (1990 through 1999) has fueled enormous advancements in our understanding of how the brain works, and in some cases, what goes wrong when it does not work. Now, another 10 years since the end of that decade, there are no signs of these research efforts waning. In fact, quite the opposite, as the brain truly represents our final frontier in understanding the function of the human body.
In South Texas, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has been on the leading edge of this work where neuroscientists bring in nearly one third of total research dollars on campus. A growing cadre of existing and recruited talented scientists are using cutting edge techniques to understand neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as mechanisms of addiction, stroke, and epilepsy. In addition to understanding the underlying molecular causes of these neural disorders, collaborative efforts are being directed at identifying strategies for treatment and, where possible, prevention.