Director, grant fire up Neuroscience Institute

By Kasra Zarei The human brain contains 86 billion neurons on average. From these 3 pounds of tissue, humans get their behavior, emotion, and memories. Brain disorders account for a large fraction of disabilities in the world. The need to research cures for disorders including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and autism is increasing in importance, as evidenced by the recent signing of the 21st Century Cure Act, which earmarked $1.6 billion in increased funding for brain-disorder research. Understanding how the brain works to determine potential cures for disorders is the primary goal of Ted Abel, the director of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute and a welcome addition to the University of Iowa. “The cost and expense of brain disorders to society, families, and individuals is extraordinarily high,” he said. “I know firsthand…

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