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.