Neuroscience Research Stream
With increasing life expectancy, the incidence of neurodegenerative disorders has
exploded. Unfortunately, our understanding of the mechanisms that contribute to disorders
of the brain like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease remains incomplete. The Neuroscience
Research Stream focuses on the intersection between neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration.
Using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, the research carried out by freshman
students at Binghamton University seeks to determine how changes in the brain influence
changes seen behaviorally in rodent models of disease.
A key component of the FRI program is that students learn to work in teams -- because that is how researchers tackle understanding the complexity of these problems and then developing solutions. The students create a research proposal, based on the protocols and equipment they have learned to use. Subsequently, they conduct the research they have proposed. This process develops interpersonal and communication skills and critical thinking, along with an array of advanced technical skills.