Clinical neuroscience is concerned with the etiology and treatment of brain diseases and disorders. Many of NMHI scientists use experimental preparations (cell culture, in vitro, in vivo laboratory models) to define the mechanisms of brain death and dysfunction and develop novel therapeutic approaches. While such foundational neuroscience has led to a great number of clinically important discoveries, these findings must be translated to human patients.
Clinical neuroscience researchers study brain function and dysfunction and work to develop new treatments for brain diseases in patients with neurological, neuropsychiatric or neurodevelopmental disorders. By working with the patient populations in questions, these clinical scientists are working to translate new and exciting treatments for debilitating brain disorders into medical practice.
Techniques used include:
- Clinical observation and testing in human patients
- Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
- Magnetic resonanace spectroscopy
- MR tractography
- Quantitative immunoassays
- Analytical neurochemistry