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

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.

Join us September 29, 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, Room 256 on the Marquette University campus, where Mike Bruchas, PhD (Departments of Anesthresiology, Anatomy and Neurobiology from Washington University) will be giving a seminar entitled Dissecting GPCR Signaling and Neural Circuits in Stress Behaviors.

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NRC Events

NRC Monthly Data Blitz "Biomarkers of CNS function/dysfunction" Oct. 8

10-08-20154:00 PM  - 5:30 PMRoom TBD

Sanford J. Larson Visiting Professor Lecture Oct. 30

10-30-20157:00 AM  - 8:00 AMConference Room M, Cancer Center

NRC Monthly Data Blitz "Neuroimmunology" Nov. 12

11-12-20154:00 PM  - 5:30 PMRoom TBD

NRC Monthly Data Blitz "Mood disorders" Dec. 10

12-10-20154:00 PM  - 5:30 PMRoom TBD

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Neuroscience Research Center
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8701 Watertown Plank Road
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