Faculty in this concentration focus on interdisciplinary approaches to understanding how the nervous system develops and how and why things go wrong in disorders such as epilepsy, autism, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. They use a combination of in vitro and in vivo methodologies to uncover the underlying genetics, physiology, biochemistry, and neurocircuitry of these conditions. Research is aimed toward development of more effective therapeutic options to improve the quality of life for those with central nervous system dysfunction resulting from trauma and/or neurological disease.