The Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences facilitates student and faculty research and collaborations with researchers outside the University.

Neuroscience Research

The center is composed of a diverse group of neuroscientists. This diversity in neuroscience specialties provides a unique opportunity for collaboration among center members, as well as new perspectives on your own research. The center continues to expand and diversify the neuroscience faculty at UNE through the recruitment of new faculty. Faculty also have access to:

  • State-of-the-art neuroscience equipment
  • COBRE pilot project funding
  • UNE Research Cores
  • Mini-grants to cover research core invoices
  • Funding for travel
  • The CEN Journal Club

Current Faculty Research: Fruit Flies and Chronic Pain

Take a look at the research that Biology professor Geoffrey Ganter, Ph.D., performs with the help of UNE students. Ganter’s lab focuses on studying fruit flies to understand the cellular, molecular, and genetic mechanisms of chronic pain.

Student Research

There are numerous research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students in neuroscience labs. Many of these students have presented their research at international conferences and contributed to publications.

Explore Student Opportunities in the CEN

A student in a white lab coat prepares a row of microscope slides
A student and professor working in a lab on research together


The Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function (COBRE) was established in 2012 through funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The center is composed of a group of laboratories, within the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, who study the neurobiology of chronic pain. There are many opportunities for students in COBRE labs. For faculty, this center offers a pilot project program, which provides funding for chronic pain research.

Research Cores

The COBRE also supports two state-of-the art research facilities, the Behavioral and Genotyping Core, and the Histology and Imaging Core, which carry out cutting-edge research. The two cores provide expertise and training and use of specialized instrumentation and both welcome internal and external users.

Pain Education Collaborative

The Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, along with the Center to Advance Interprofessional Education and Practice (CAIEP, formerly the Center for Excellence in Collaborative Education), brings together groups of health care professionals, scientists, educators, scholars, and students who share a passion for transforming pain prevention, care, education, and research.

Professor Ganter points to a fruit fly on a monitor