Welcome to the Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia!

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The mission of the Department is to promote multidisciplinary research and teaching excellence in both biomedical and clinical sciences.

The Department was founded in 1993, formerly as the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics. We seek to attract outstanding faculty and bright students by creating a welcoming, collegial and collaborative environment to foster success and creativity. Our faculty study a variety of fundamental questions ranging from neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders, brain injury, learning and memory, neuroprotection, development, inflammation and regenerative medicine, using a broad repertoire of experimental approaches. Our department is also the home to the Transgenic and Genome Editing Core supported by the Georgia Research Alliance.  

The Medical College of Georgia is the flagship medical school of the University System of Georgia, the state's only public medical school, and one of the top 5 largest medical schools in the United States. Founded nearly 200 years ago in 1828 as the nation's fifth public medical school, the third medical school in the Southeast and the thirteenth in the nation, the Medical College of Georgia has risen to its current role optimizing health care in Georgia and beyond through education, discovery, and service.


New Faculty Announcement
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Eric Vitriol will join our department as an associate professor this coming spring from the University of Florida. His research focuses on the regulation of actin during cell motility, neural development, and in neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Dr. Vitriol will bring his expertise in single-molecule super-resolution imaging to our department. He has received multiple awards, including a NINDS R00 grant, an ALS Association grant and a NIGMS five-year renewable Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (R35). He will work together with the ALS Center to develop a translational research program. Dr. Vitriol completed his postdoctoral training at Emory University and his Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of North Carolina.


DNRM Seminars 2020-2021

Virtual Seminar @ 12:00pm

November 16, 2020
"A Bottom Up View of Thermogenic Fat"

Paul Cohen, MD, PhD
Albert Resnick, MD Asst. Professor
Head, Laboratory of Molecular Metabolism
The Rockefeller University

Virtual Seminar @ 12:00pm

November 23, 2020
"Modulation of Synaptic Plasticity in Neuronal Circuits by Microglia"

Brian MacVicar, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS
Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience, Dept. of Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine / University of British Columbia

Virtual Seminar @ 12:00pm

December 7, 2020
"The Role of GM1 Ganglioside in the Pathogenesis and Potential Treatment of Parkinson's Disease"

Jay Schneider, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology
Director, Parkinson's Diseases Research Unit
Thomas Jefferson University

Virtual Seminar @ 12:00pm

December 14, 2020
"Network Level Approaches to Studying Alzheimer’s Disease"

Li-Huei Tsai, PhD
Director, The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT
Picower Professor of Neuroscience
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Virtual Seminar @ 12:00pm

January 25, 2021
"The Role of the Heat Activated Ion Channel TRPM3 in Neuropathic Pain and its Regulation by G-protein Coupled Receptors"

Tibor Rohacs, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience
Rutgers University

Virtual Seminar @ 12:00pm

February 1, 2021
"Circuit Based Alterations in Rodent Models of Psychosis: A Potential for Novel Therapies?"

Daniel J. Lodge, PhD
Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology
Univ. of Texas, San Antonio Health Science Center 



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Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine

Health Sciences Campus

Interdisciplinary Research Center


Ann Stephens

1120 15th St.,
CA-3008, Augusta, GA 30912

1462 Laney Walker Blvd.
Augusta, GA 30912