The 21st century we are in, will be a period in which brain research is gaining importance and it is aimed to solve important brain diseases such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia and autism, which have not yet been treated. For this purpose, both the United States of America and the European Union countries, make significant investments in scientific research concerning the brain and nervous system. The main direction of important scientific research projects in the twenty-first century is human brain and brain diseases.
The main purpose of the Neuropsychopharmacology Application and Research Center (NPFUAM), which its foundation and program was completed in 2012 at Üsküdar University, is to precisely reveal the underlying causes of important neuropsychiatric diseases and to develop drugs for their treatment. NPFUAM is the first and only research center in our country with its aims and research opportunities.
It is among the few centers in the world. Üsküdar University Experimental Research Unit (ÜSKÜDAB), affiliated to the center, has started to produce experimental animals by obtaining its accreditation from relevant ministries. In addition, with the necessary approval of the Experimental Animals Ethics Committee, it has started to work since January 2015.
Although NPFUAM is still very young, it has developed very important projects in a short time and its research results have been published in reputable scientific journals. In October 2014, the international Üsküdar Neuropsychopharmacology Symposium supported by TÜBİTAK was held with German scientists within the framework of the Turkish-German Science Year. In this short time following the establishment, a research project supported by TÜBİTAK was successfully completed. Currently, many multidisciplinary research projects are carried out, either jointly with other universities or entirely from Üsküdar University.
Both Üsküdar University and NPFUAM have a policy that supports all kinds of cooperation on scientific and ethical grounds. The doors of our center are open to anyone who aims to understand and treat the brain and brain diseases. Our collaboration possibilities and ambitions include not only academic scientists but also students. We invite everyone who wants to take a step towards understanding the brain and treating brain diseases, and who have the enthusiasm to work and the intention to make discoveries, to interact with the scientific atmosphere of NPFUAM.
Prof. Dr. İ. Tayfun UZBAY