The goal of the Division of Neuroscience of Ospedale San Raffaele is to understand the normal function of the brain and to discover cures for the nervous system ravaged by disease. The impressive advances of the nervous system and the promising developments in the treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders have made neuroscience one of the most active branches in modern biology and medicine.

The Division of Neuroscience is made up of more than 300 scientists, belonging to 35 research units (25 basic research units and 15 clinical research units), working together to investigate key issues in all main neuroscience areas. Among the units affiliated to the division, those involved in translational medicine (12 basic research units and 6 clinical research units) have been assembled into the Institute of Experimental Neurology (INSPE).

Scientists within the division study the nervous system from many perspectives, spanning from the molecular level to behavior and cognition, but always with the final aim of integrating basic research with clinical applications. The following main goals can be identified:

  • understand the healthy nervous system;
  • understand neurological and psychiatric diseases;
  • enable early and routine diagnosis of neurological and psychiatric conditions;
  • develop new therapeutic strategies;
  • accelerate the process of therapy development;
  • develop new technologies for observing the nervous system;
  • develop new strategies to probe neural functions;
  • implement databases and biobanks for neurological and psychiatric disorders.

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