Established in 1986 as the sixth basic science department in the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia, the mission of the department is to serve as the focus of neuroscience education and research within the School of Medicine. Functions of the nervous system in health and disease and their relationships to behavior are topics addressed in the department’s research.

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Microglia (in green) invade the cerebellum of an adult mouse after bone marrow transplantation and are found in close contact with Purkinje neurons (in red). This treatment in a mouse model of the neurodevelopmental disease Rett syndrome results in arrest of pathology. Photo Credit: Kipnis Lab