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Neuroscience Institute

Neuroscience Institute

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Experts on the brain and nervous system work together to research new methods of patient care. 

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Top experts in clinical neuroscience 

Scientists everywhere want to know more about the human brain and how it works. The Penn State Neuroscience Institute makes it possible for teams of brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerve experts to conduct research together. The Institute also encourages teaching, to share new care methods that come from research. 

We want patients with neurological (nervous system) and psychiatric (mental) diseases to benefit from new treatments. Scientists and medical professionals who know more can do more for their patients and the world of medicine.

Our mission

The Penn State Neuroscience Institute has an ambitious goal. We want to be known around the world as a Center for Excellence in research, patient care and teaching. Our network includes The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, as well as institutions like us throughout Pennsylvania.

The Institute works to:

  • Assure excellence in basic and clinical research studies that increase our understanding of the normal and diseased brain.
  • Promote the translation of research findings into new treatments for neurological disease, such as, brain tumors, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and stroke.
  • Improve the care of patients with neurological and neurobehavioral diseases, such as, confused mental states, Alzheimer’s disease and abnormal behaviors.
  • Provide a rich intellectual environment, so those studying neuroscience have the best possible educational experience.

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Penn State Neuroscience Institute administration


Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FAANS, FACS, FAHA 
University Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics

Executive committee

Neuroscience Institute departments and divisions 

The departments and divisions of the Penn State Neuroscience Institute include: 

Neuroscience Centers of Excellence

The Penn State Neuroscience Institute is organized into Centers of Excellence that address our missions of education, research, patient care and community outreach.  Active Centers and Centers in Development include:

Become a member of the Institute

Membership at Penn State Neuroscience Institute is open to all faculty, residents, fellows and students who have a demonstrated interest in neuroscience research, education or patient care.

Members of our Institute are also members of Penn State Institute of the Neurosciences at University Park.

Contact Kristi Fetterolf at for membership information.

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