About Us

The Mass General Neuroscience Center was established in 1988 and is located in Building 149 at the Charlestown Navy Yard Campus. Currently the Center has 15 faculty members from the departments of Neurology, Radiology, Pediatrics, and Anesthesia and Critical Care. The Center's scientists and clinicians share common interests in understanding the biology of neurological disorders and work toward the shared goal of developing novel methods of diagnosis and treatment of the disorders.

Current research work at the Center is concerned with movement disorders, traumatic/ischemic brain and spinal cord injury, brain tumors, pain, drug addiction, neurodegenerative disease, gene therapy and developmental neuroscience.

Core Facilities

The Neuroscience Center has a state-of-the-art Core facilities program to offer comprehensive and integrated resources to the Center’s investigators and the rest of the MGH community. The facilities are streamlined so that investigators can integrate all the Cores in their projects or, just as conveniently, utilize a subset of the Cores. The goal of the Core facilities program is to support and expand technological expertise at the Center and to establish new resources that enhance the Center's multidisciplinary approach to neuroscience research.



Xandra O. Breakefield
Telephone: 617-726-5728
E-mail: breakefield@hms.harvard.edu

Bakhos A. Tannous
Telephone: 617-726-6026
E-mail: btannous@hms.harvard.edu


Neuroscience Center Faculty

The Neuroscience Center consists of the following 15 faculty members from the departments of Neurology, Radiology, Pediatrics and Anesthesia and Critical Care.

Research Themes

Brain Tumors
Faculty: Xandra O. Breakefield, PhD, Bakhos A. Tannous, PhD, Christian E. Badr, PhD

Developmental Neurobiology
Faculty: Verne S. Caviness, Jr., MD, Dphil, Pradeep G. Bhide

Functional Imaging of the Human Brain
Faculty: Verne S. Caviness, Jr., MD, Dphil, Nikos Makris, MD, PhD

Gene Therapy
Faculty: Xandra O. Breakefield PhD, Bakhos A. Tannous, PhD

Neurodegenerative Disorders
Faculty: Merit E. Cudkowicz, MD, Jack Rogers

Movement Disorders
Faculty: Nutan Sharma, MD, PhD, Merit Cudkowicz, MD

Faculty: Michael A. Moskowitz, MD, Christian Waeber

Stroke and Neurovascular Regulation Laboratory
Faculty: Michael A. Moskowitz, MD, Christian Waeber

Gene Transcript Imaging
Faculty: Philip K. Liu, PhD

Faculty: Jian-Ren M. Mao, MD, PhD

Sensory Systems
Faculty: Jian-Ren M. Mao, MD

Stroke and Brain Injury
Faculty: Michael A. Moskowitz, MD, Michael J. Whalen, MD, PhD, Eng H. Lo, Christian Waeber

Seminar Series

Neuroscience Center Seminar Series

(Harvard CME accredited Regularly Scheduled Series #156)

Kimberly B. Kegel, Ph.D., Director
Telephone: 617-726-5763
E-mail: kkegel@partners.org

Sharon Melanson, Administrative Coordinator
Telephone: 617-726-8463
E-mail: samelanson@mgh.harvard.edu

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: have new knowledge of cutting edge research in neuroscience and its application to neurology.

The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Neuroscience Center Seminar Series is organized by the Neuroscience Center under the sponsorship of the Departments of Neurology and Radiology. A full description of the seminar series, including the procedure for hosting seminar speakers is available in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF).

Seminars are held in the main Conference room on the 6th floor of CNY-149 (room 149-6033), unless specified otherwise, at 12:00 noon on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

To be included in this mailing list or to be deleted from it, please send an email with the appropriate request to Carol Noblin (cnoblin@partners.org). Note: If you would like to schedule a meeting with the seminar speaker, please contact the speaker's host directly.


Neuroscience Center Research Presentations

This Series is designed to offer opportunities for postdoctoral research fellows and junior faculty (Instructor and Assistant Professor) to present ongoing research work. The presentations are held every other Wednesday beginning at 10:30 AM in the 6th floor conference room (149-6033). Light refreshments will be available. There will be two presentations per day. Each presentation will be not more than 20 minutes long. Up to 10 minutes will be allocated for discussion following each presentation. The total duration of the two presentations is an hour. The presentations are informal. The goal is to give an overview of ongoing research, rather than to present a formal seminar or lecture. The audience consists of PIs and members of the participating Neuroscience laboratories, their collaborators and anyone else invited by the presenters' labs.

Bakhos A. Tannous
Telephone: 617-726-6026
E-mail: btannous@hms.harvard.edu

Core Reservations

Core Facility Reservations

Reservations should now be done online for the core facilities related to microscopy and imaging.

Please email the contact person listed on each page to reserve a time slot. And please, do let us know when you want to cancel a reservation.

Note that your reservation will be forfeited if you don't show up within 30 minutes of the reservation start time.


Vector Development and Production
Quantitative Real-Time PCR Core
Confocal Microscope
Transition Electron Microscopy
Array Tomography and in vivo Multiphoton Imaging
Microfluidics Core

Contact Us

Neuroscience Center
Massachusetts General Hospital
149 13th St. Room 6101
Charlestown, MA 02129

Xandra O. Breakefield, Ph.D.
Phone: 617-726-5728
E-mail: breakefield@hms.harvard.edu

Bakhos A. Tannous, Ph.D
Phone: 617-726-6026
E-mail: btannous@hms.harvard.edu

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