Institute of Neurobiology of the University of Puerto Rico receives grant $2.9 million to rebuild its facilities
SAN JUAN – The Medical Sciences Campus (MSC) of the University of Puerto Rico received a grant of $2.9 million to reconstruct facilities of the Institute of Neurobiology that were damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria. The grant was awarded by the Extramural Research Facilities Restoration Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Mark W. Miller, Professor of the UPR School of Medicine, is the Principal Investigator of the project.
“As a research unit dedicated to the study of the structure and function of the nervous system, the operation of the Institute of Neurobiology is essential for the Medical Sciences Campus. This project has eleven objectives that impact the facade and infrastructure of the facilities, as well as the structure’s cooling system,” explained Dr. Segundo Rodríguez Quilichini, MSC Chancellor.
The Institute of Neurobiology, located in Old San Juan, houses ten laboratories that investigate behavior and brain functions. The research addresses important neurological conditions ranging from developmental disorders, such as autism, to neurotrauma and degenerative conditions related to aging.
“We submit many proposals but very few are funded, so it is wonderful to receive good news about a project that will impact many students and researchers,” Dr. Miller said.
The project from Puerto Rico was one of four grants awarded. Other members of the Institute of Neurobiology renovation team include Dr. María A. Sosa-Llorens, Co-Investigator, Mrs. Idalia Guzmán, Infrastructure and Facilities Administrator, and Mrs. Bethzaida Birriel Orozco, Federal Projects Administrator.