University of Delaware studies on the effects of traumatic stress in women and how connections in the brain help adults control their impulses are two of the projects supported by a new federal grant to the Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research.

The center was established in 2012 through a similar NIH grant to the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) at DSU, which is the lead institution.

Researchers at UD and DSU have worked on a variety of projects through the center, developing the state's capabilities in advanced brain imaging and training graduate students in neuroscience.

During the second phase of the grant, investigators expect to use non-invasive imaging techniques to explore brain function in living humans and laboratory animals.

"The overarching goal of our neuroscience center is to bring together and support neuroscientists working at multiple scales, from human subjects to rodent and invertebrate models, to improve our understanding of the dynamic function of the brain," said Melissa Harrington, DSU professor of biology and director of the Center for Neuroscience.

Jeffrey Rosen, professor of psychological and brain sciences at UD and co-principal investigator with Harrington of the grant, said the center will build on the success it's already had and expand its reach.

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