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Pitt announces Brain Institute

on January 14, 2014 10:30 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The University of Pittsburgh has created a Brain Institute to study treatments and cures for various neurological diseases and injuries.

The new institute consists of five centers. The NeuroTech center will study ways to repair paralysis and sight to the blind. A NeuroGenetics center will develop primate models of various brain disorders that will be used to develop treatments and cures. The NeuroMapping Center will focus on understanding the brain’s circuitry as it relates to learning, emotion, language and other attributes. The NeuroLearning Center will study how the brain learns and remembers. The NeuroDiscovery Center will focus on high-risk research in neuroscience.

Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg said the school has the “intellectual firepower” to lead such research.

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