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WVU Medicine announce that Randy Nelson, Ph.D., and A. Courtney DeVries, Ph.D., have been appointed to major leadership roles in the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI).

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Addiction Research Group

The mission of this research group is to understand the neurobiology of addiction and evaluate addiction prevention, treatment, and harm reduction strategies.


Center for Basic and Translational Stroke Research

The mission of this Center is to understand and develop treatments for brain inflammation and cell death that result from stroke or other neural injury, such as traumatic brain injury.


Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases

The CND is a synergistic group of researchers who study neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease across multiple disciplines from the behavioral to the molecular.


Cognitive Neuroscience Group

The mission of this research group is to understand how the brain perceives, interacts with, and analyzes the external world by linking behavior and cognition to underlying neurophysiology and neural structure, primarily using humans as experimental subjects.


Sensory Neuroscience Research Center

The mission of this Center is to seek common mechanisms of representing the world across sensory systems, understand their development, and develop therapies for congenital and acquired sensory disorders.


Events & Activities


WVU researcher to conduct neuroimaging studies on people with autism

Dr. Shuo Wang, an assistant professor of chemical and biomedical engineering, is hoping to find out what role a portion of the brain may play in the social behavior of children with autism spectrum disorder.

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Neuroscience lab technician wins poster presentation at TRBAALAS regional meeting

Jessica Povroznik, a research technician in the Rodent Behavior Core, was invited to present her research at a regional conference where she won first place for her poster presentation.

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WVU Medicine and Rockefeller family announce new neuroscience institute

Appoint nationally recognized neuroscientist, Dr. Ali Rezai, as director to bring fresh thinking and groundbreaking research to the opioid epidemic, Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injury, and other conditions

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Scientist appointed to lead brain health and performance program at WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute

WVU Medicine has appointed Scott Galster, Ph.D., to lead the human performance research and brain health programs at West Virginia University and WVU Medicine.

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Andrew Dacks

Faculty Spotlight - Andrew Dacks

Andrew is a Biology faculty member whose goal is to determine how neuromodulatory neurons affect individual neurons and whole sensory networks, as well as the mechanisms that drive the activation and regulation of modulatory neurons.

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Russ Hardesty

Student Spotlight - Russell Hardesty

Russ is a neuroscience graduate student whose research focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms of motor control and how that system goes awry during pathological states, such as after a stroke.

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Faculty Mentoring

The goal of the faculty mentoring program is to ensure both the success of new faculty and their rentention at the institution.

Faculty Mentoring Info

Graduate Training

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences, comprised of seven degree-granting programs, that reside in the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy at the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.

Graduate Training info

Summer Undergraduate Research Internship (SURI)

For nine weeks in the summer, the WVU BRNI offers internships of research-intensive training for qualified undergraduate students. Our research opportunities incorporate molecular- to systems-level analyses of nervous system function.

SURI Program info

Job Opportunities


Open positions for neuroscience faculty members.

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Open positions for postdoctoral fellows in neuroscience.

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Open positions for research assistants, technicians, and laboratory staff.

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