The 21st Century is a period in which brain researches came into prominence and it is intended to find a solution for important brain diseases such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia and autism. For this purpose, the United States and the countries of the European Union are making significant investments in scientific researches focusing on the brain and the nervous system. In 21st century, the brain is the key to the major scientific research projects that are established to find cures to the brain related disorders.
The main purpose of the Üsküdar University Neuropsychopharmacology Application and Research Center (NPARC) which was established in 2012, is to precisely uncover the underlying causes of major neuropsychiatric disorders and to develop drugs for treatment. NPARC is the first and only Research Center in Turkey with its name, purpose and research facilities and is among the few centers in the World that is specialized in this field.
The Üsküdar University Experimental Research Unit (ÜSKÜDAB) that is affiliated to the Center, has obtained accreditation from the relevant ministries and started to produce experimental animals. After obtaining the required approval from the Experimental Animal Ethics Committee, the Unit has started its' studies as from January 2015.
Although NPARC is a newly established center, very important projects have been developed in a short time and research results have been published in reputable scientific journals. In October 2014, within the framework of Turkish-German Science Year, TUBITAK-supported International Üsküdar Neuropsychopharmacology Symposium has been held in conjunction with the German scientists.Soon after it's establishment, TUBITAK-supported research project has been successfully completed. Several multidisciplinary research projects are being conducted by Üsküdar University and some of the projects are being collaborated with the other universities.
Both the Üsküdar University and the NPARC signed a policy that supports any collaboration on scientific and ethical grounds. Our Center welcomes anybody who aims to understand and treat brain and brain disorders. The opportunities our cooperation services' both include academics and students' matters. We ask everyone, who is willing to take a step forward to understand the brain and treat brain disorders in the scientific atmosphere of NPARC, to join us in accordance with this purpose.
Prof. İ. Tayfun Uzbay, Ph.D.
Director of the Center