Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary center with three core research areas: 1) aging, 2) child development and behavior, and 3) animal models. Our team of researchers includes experimental and clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, biologists, bioengineers, and immunologists.
The main objective of Neuroscience is to establish an interdisciplinary program of research to explore how molecular and cellular changes translate into cognition and behaviors, and vice versa. We also lead national cohort studies, and we are involved in the design and evaluation of preventive interventions to solve local public health issues such as violence and crime.
We work in close collaboration with INDICASAT’s Clinical Research and Translational Medicine Centre, taking part in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of human populations in collaboration with neuropsychologists, neurologists, public health experts, and clinical psychologists in our country.
Neuroscience currently has two active research groups: 1) the Panama Aging Research Initiative (PARI) which leads a cohort study of older adults in Panama with a particular focus on Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive impairment, and 2) a Behavior and Child Development Lab (BeChild Lab) studying violence, parenting, as well as neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism.