Neuroscience Center

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

NEUROSCIENCE

Goals

Neurosciences is an interdisciplinary center with three main 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 Neurosciences is to establish an interdisciplinary research program that allows us to elucidate the way in which molecular and cellular modifications translate into behavioral and cognitive changes, and vice versa. We also lead cohort studies, as well as design and evaluate preventive interventions to solve public health problems at the national level such as violence and crime.

We work in collaboration with the Clinical and Translational Medicine Unit and participate in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of human populations in collaboration with neuropsychologists, neurologists, public health experts and clinical psychologists in the country.

We currently have two active research groups: 1) the Research Initiative Focused on Aging in Panama (Panama Aging Research Initiative), which is leading a cohort study of older adults in Panama with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive impairment, and 2) a Child Development and Behavior Laboratory (BeChildLab) that studies violence, parenting, and also developmental disorders such as autism.

Work team

Gabrielle Britton, PhD

Gabrielle Britton, PhD

Coordinator

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Alcibiades Villarreal, PhD

Alcibiades Villarreal, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Armando Castillo, PhD

Armando Castillo, PhD

Researcher

Cecilia Montiel - Nava, PhD

Cecilia Montiel - Nava, PhD

Researcher Associate

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Diana Oviedo, PhD

Diana Oviedo, PhD

Researcher

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Giselle A. Rangel Tapia, PhD

Giselle A. Rangel Tapia, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Johant Lakey, PhD

Johant Lakey, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

María Beatriz Carreira, PhD

María Beatriz Carreira, PhD

Researcher

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Rolando Gittens, PhD

Rolando Gittens, PhD

Researcher

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Velmarini Vásquez, PhD

Velmarini Vásquez, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

Assistant

Alanna S. Madrid

Alanna S. Madrid

Assistant to Dra. María Beatriz Carreira

Camilo Posada Rodríguez

Camilo Posada Rodríguez

Assistant to Dra. Diana Oviedo

Julio A. Flores Cuadra

Julio A. Flores Cuadra

Assistant to Dra. María Beatriz Carreira

Sofía Rodríguez Araña

Sofía Rodríguez Araña

Assistant to Dra. Gabrielle Britton