The Developmental Neuroscience Department is dedicated to the investigation of the causes of developmental disabilities in children. By understanding the molecular mechanisms regulating the development and function of the brain, we will address the causes and eventual treatments for conditions such as autism, cognitive and neuromuscular delays, and communication disorders.

The Department is located in the C.L. Werner Family Developmental Neuroscience Laboratories on the 3rd floor of the Durham Research Center II. In addition to providing excellent facilities, this floor includes related laboratories from Departments in the College of Medicine which are researching brain development and neurodegenerative disorders, providing a full spectrum of research tools and collaborations for MMI scientists.

Faculty members in Developmental Neuroscience are also involved in the education of doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows, either through individualized training in their laboratories or through participation in multidisciplinary graduate courses. In particular, our faculty members have developed a new course in Developmental Neuroscience which is open to students in any of the biomedical research departments at UNMC. Undergraduate students and medical students doing summer research projects are also able to apply for instruction in the laboratories.