Our knowledge concerning the functions of the brain is still limited even though the period we live in, is considered as the era of information and communication. Consequently, alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, parkinson's disease, autism and other major disorders that are directly related to the brain functions such as depression and substance abuse as well as the psychosocial problems, cannot be treated radically with medical agents.
In recent years, more funding has been allocated in technologically and scientifically advanced countries to research and develop projects in order to treat the brain-related disorders. According to some prominent scientists, the present century will witness the brain researches to be at the forefront of scientific studies and some important treatments to the brain-related disorders will be imminent. In this context, The United States of America which is considered to be the best in the field of neuroscience research, has declared the 21st century as the "Century of Brain". Scientific researches are of utmost importance in finding the causes of the disorders and improving new drugs for the possible treatments. In order to conduct researches at the standards of the universal science, well-equipped labs and well-trained scientists are required.
Üsküdar University is a thematic university that focuses on brain researches. The University has all the capabilities in which high-toned scientific researches and projects can be realized through a multidisciplinary approach. The neuropsychopharmacology is an important and dynamic field of neuroscience which embodies all the research activities for the treatment of disorders associated with the central nervous system and the development of new and more effective drugs. Psychiatry collaborates with many other independent disciplines especially pharmacology, neurology, psychology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics and biophysics. Most of the scientifically advanced countries conduct neuropsychopharmacological researches. Therefore, Neuropsychopharmacology Application and Research Center (NPARC) has been founded within the structure of the Üsküdar University, which is a thematic University that is well focused on the brain. The NPARC is the very first center in Turkey, aimed to conduct brain related researches. We are proud to underline the fact that there are only a few research centers in the worldwide that operate in similar standards and subject the same issues.
Through Researches: To adopt a mental perception to conduct scientific researches, leading to innovative findings, producing new & alternative theories and applications while questioning the use of present ones which might eventually lead to a Nobel prize nomination in the field.
Through Education: To instill a scientific thinking and encourage students to take part in scientific projects and to popularize science, find talented students and involve them in the researches. To train highly qualified academics who adopt an exemplary lifestyle and understanding as model scientists.