About the Center
The initiation of the Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics in the late 1990s depended on the vision of UCLA faculty members working in the field of neurobehavioral genetics, and strong support from Dr Peter Whybrow, Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.
Key features of the Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics and its accomplishments are highlighted below:
- Great breadth of phenotypes under investigation, from diseases of infancy to disorders of old age, including: autism, attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity, deafness, Tourette syndrome, brain tumors, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Huntington Disease, Parkinson Disease, Alzheimer Disease and other dementias
- Genetic investigation of multiple species including: Drosophila, Aplysia, mouse, monkey, and human.
- Extramural funding currently totals more than $9,000,000 per year
- NIH funded pre-doctoral and postdoctoral training programs in neurobehavioral genetics
- A graduate course in Phenotyping of the Nervous System through the Neuroscience Interdepartmental Graduate Program
- Development and administration of core facilities for high throughput genotyping and gene expression (the Southern California Genotyping Consortium), and DNA and RNA extraction (Biological Samples Processing Core)
- Assumption of key roles in major UCLA research initiatives including the Mental Retardation Research Center, the Center for Autism Research and Treatment, the Center for Study of Opioid Receptors and Drugs of Abuse, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research, and the Consortium for Neuropsychiatric Phenomics
- Development of major collaborations with other Semel Institute centers and clinical initiatives
- Development of an outstanding administrative support group