MCW Neuroscience Research Center

The Medical College of Wisconsin's Neuroscience Research Center (NRC) was founded in 2010 with the goal of enhancing neuroscience research at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The goals of the Neuroscience Research Center are to enhance basic and translational neuroscience at MCW through the development of an MCW-wide programmatic plan for neuroscience research. Read more...

Cecilia J. Hillard, PhD, Director Neuroscience Research CenterCecilia J. Hillard, PhD – Center Director

Dr. Hillard is an accomplished translational scientist who has research interests in the effects and mechanisms of cannabinoids, nicotine and other drugs of abuse.

Currently, she is the Executive Director of the International Cannabinoid Research Society and is a leader in community initiatives dedicated to drug abuse awareness.

NRC Announcements

Congratulations to NRC members Dr. Terri deRoon-Cassini and Dr. Danny Thomas for being selected as "40 Under 40" by the Milwaukee Business Journal. Another recipient was NRC Board member and co-chair of the NRC's upcoming Imagine More Dinner, Benjamin Wagner. Please join us in congratulating these talented folks!

Career Opportunities: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Brain Injury Research and Postdoctoral Fellow, Pain in Sickle Cell Disease – Stucky Lab

Reminder: The NRC is pleased to announce that Maggie Beatka is available to carry out studies in the mouse behavioral core. Thanks to a generous increase in NRC funding, she can carry out studies this year at no cost to the investigator. Maggie previously worked in the NRC as a research technologist for Dr Hillard’s lab and is skilled in all of the mazes and other assays that can be done in mice. View the current list of available assays. Maggie can be reached at or 955-2226.

Reminder: In eBridge, please check affiliation with the Neuroscience Research Center if it is appropriate for your grant submission. It doesn't hurt your other affiliations, and it helps the NRC gauge potential resource use!

Presentation: Join us Tuesday, April 26, 3:30 p.m. in the Schroeder Complex, Room 256 on the Marquette University campus, where Dr. Paul Philips (Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences & Pharmacology, Washington University) will be giving a seminar entitled Pathological Changes in the Encoding of Drug Cues by Phasic Dopamine During Chronic Drug Use.

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NRC Events

NRC Monthly Data Blitz "Addiction" June 2

06-02-20164:00 PM  - 5:30 PMRoom TBD

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Neuroscience Research Center
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8701 Watertown Plank Road
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