Advancing environmental neuroscience research in support of prevention, treatment and cures
One of FIU’s Emerging Preeminent Programs, the Brain, Behavior and the Environment program focuses on factors that affect brain health. The transdisciplinary initiative unites the dynamic and diverse neuroscience community at FIU toward three goals: to create and empower research programs focused on environmental causes of neurological disease; to devise strategies and develop therapies for neurological disorders using novel neuroscience and engineering tools as well as pharmacological approaches; and to establish a rich educational resource in South Florida to educate students, faculty, clinicians, the public and health officials on the role that environmental factors play on neurological disease.
Brain, Behavior and the Environment
The BBE program is ensuring that the trend in environmental-based brain research will continue well into the future by preparing the scientists who will one day take over. Students can pursue two different specialized master’s tracks in Brain, Behavior and the Environment available in addition to a doctoral degree.
It is only through a transformative, holistic, interdisciplinary and collaborative approach that the next breakthroughs in brain science will occur.Tomás R. Guilarte, Dean of Stempel College
The work of our researchers focuses on finding the links between environmental factors and the growing epidemic of neurodegenerative diseases. Since the program’s inception, the BBE team, has attracted tens of millions of dollars in grant funding in support of its work, primarily from the National Institutes of Health.
Such substantial financial support drives home the growing need to examine both the causes as well as possible preventive and curative therapies for neurodegenerative disorders: An estimated 50 million people worldwide currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia; an estimated 10 million have Parkinson’s disease.