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Neuroscience Research Center


Become an NRC Member

Read our membership criteria (PDF) and determine which membership type, and within what research focus area, you would like to apply.

Complete the NRC Member Database Survey and attach a current CV. We also ask that your Faculty Collaboration Database profile be up-to-date.


Cecilia J. Hillard, PhD

Associate Dean for Research; Professor; Director, Neuroscience Research Center

Dr. Hillard was named Associate Dean for Research in November 2015 after serving eight months as co-Interim Senior Associate Dean for Research. She has served as director of the Neuroscience Research Center since its inception in 2010. She was also Inaugural Director of the Neuroscience Graduate Training Program from 1996-2010. As a highly active researcher, Dr. Hillard’s laboratory is primarily focused on the pharmacology and biochemistry of the cannabinoids and endocannabinoids.


Michael W. Lawlor, MD, PhD

Associate Professor; Associate Director, Neuroscience Research Center; Director, Congenital Muscle Disease Tissue Repository

Dr. Lawlor is a neuropathologist and neuroscientist who joined MCW’s faculty in 2011. He has served as the Associate Director of the Neuroscience Research Center since 2017. Dr. Lawlor directs two clinical laboratories that process and diagnose muscle and nerve biopsies. His research laboratory includes both traditional grant funding and extensive industry collaborations on congenital myopathy, muscular dystrophy, mitochondrial disease and gene therapy.