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National Institutes of Health

Molecular, Cellular, and Genomic Neuroscience Research Branch


This Branch plans, supports, and administers programs of research to elucidate the genetic, molecular, and cellular mechanisms underlying brain development, neuronal signaling, synaptic plasticity, circadian rhythmicity, and the influence of hormones and immune molecules on brain function. Other supported activities are drug discovery, identification of novel drug targets, development of functional imaging ligands, development of imaging probes as potential biomarkers, testing of models for assessing novel therapeutics, and studies of mechanisms of action of therapeutics in animals and humans. Listed for each program are Areas of Emphasis.

In addition, we continue to encourage innovative applications in any area relevant to the mission of the Institute.

Branch Chief

Lois Winsky, Ph.D.
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 7185, MSC 9641

Areas of Emphasis

See specific program descriptions.