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The Center of Neuroscience, Zhejiang University

 

The Center of Neuroscience of Zhejiang University was founded in the year 2005. It is currently a Key Laboratory of both the Ministry of Health and Zhejiang Province, the Innovative Research Groups of Zhejiang Province, the Ministry of Education and National Funds, and situates the chairmen office of Chinese society of Neuroscience, as well as the home office of NSFC Major Plan for Neuronal Circuits of Emotion and Memory. As one of the Zhejiang University’s and Zhejiang provincial Top Key Disciplines, the Center of Neuroscience has undergone rapid expansion and development since its foundation. Currently, it is home of 30 research groups and 12 collaboration research groups with over 200 faculty and staff members

 

The center is a highly interactive and dynamic community that brings together scientists and clinicians dedicated to a broad area of neuroscience studies, including neurobiology, neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, optical neuroscience, neurosurgery, mental health, anesthesiology and medical imaging. Combining the basic neurobiology research with translational studies of neuropsychiatric diseases, the center aims to translate the new concepts and technologies to understand the pathogenesis, to assist the early diagnosis, to identify pharmaceutical targets and to improve the clinical treatments of major neuropsychiatric diseases. The center put most of its effort focusing on the following research areas: 1) The cellular and molecular mechanisms of neural function; 2) Neural damage and protection; 3) Neural circuit basis of mental diseases; 4) The pathogenesis of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders.

 

The center encourages academic exchanges and cooperation with foreign institutes. It has established cooperative relationships with multiple world-class neuroscience research institutions in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and so on. During the past five years, the center has published more than 192 research papers, including Nature Neuroscience, Nature Communication, PNAS and the Journal of Neuroscience. It has made significant achievements in the field of neural development, synaptic function and pathology of neuropsychiatric diseases.

 

The academic committee director of the institute is Prof. Shumin Duan,the academician of CAS and chairmen of Chinese Society for Neuroscience. The director of the institute is Prof. Jian-Hong Luo,a principal scientist of the Major Research Plan of Ministry of Science and Technology. Prof. Hailan Hu, the executive director, is the Distinguished Young Scholar of the National Science Fund and chair professor of Cheung Kong Scholars Program.