Will serve as a central core for the new Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience
MOREHEAD, Ky. (Nov. 20, 2015) — Morehead State University’s Department of Psychology held a ribbon cutting ceremony this week for its newly renovated Neuroscience Laboratory.
The renovation was made possible by a $250,000 grant from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences via the Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (KBRIN), said Dr. Greg Corso, chair of the Department of Psychology.
KBRIN is a network of six state universities funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop the research infrastructure and capacity to train the next generation of Kentucky scientists in health related fields.
MSU has been a member of KBRIN since 2002 and has received more than $5 million to strengthen programs in psychology, biology, and neuroscience.
Since 1995, the National Institute of Health has continuously provided more than $3 million to the neuroscience lab to support research and student training.
Much of the research in recent years has focused on the neurochemical and behavioral mechanisms mediating drug abuse, and has been funded by the National Institutes on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Mental Health.
In addition to enhancing the research infrastructure, the new facility will serve as a central core for the new Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience. While the emphasis of the new program will be on behavioral neuroscience, the program is interdisciplinary, and involves training and course work in multiple departments including psychology, biology, chemistry, mathematics as well as other areas related to the life and health sciences. This innovative program is the first and only undergraduate degree in neuroscience offered by a public institution in Kentucky.