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Chairman's Welcome


Welcome to the website for the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). Our department is dedicated to excellence in research, medical and graduate education and service by creating, advancing and disseminating knowledge about drug actions and nervous system functions and dysfunctions.

Great collegiality and collaborative work environment are hallmarks of our departmental culture. We are strengthening existing interactions with basic scientists at TTUHSC and TTU while building translational bridges with our clinical departments.

This has been a successful year in terms of integrating new faculty and obtaining extramural funding.  Our faculty are currently funded by 9 NIH grants and several foundation grants for studies on clinically relevant disorders.  Our Department houses the Center of Excellence for Translational Neuroscience and Therapeutics (CTNT).  Our faculty continue to make valuable contributions to medical and graduate school education for example as Block Director of the Major Organ Systems SOM course and Directors of Graduate Programs/Concentrations.

Thank you for visiting our website. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or for more information.

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Volker Neugebauer, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Professor and Chair, Pharmacology and Neuroscience
  • Giles C. McCrary Endowed Chair in Addiction Medicine
  • Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Garrison Institute on Aging
  • Mildred and Shirley L. Garrison Chair in Aging
  • Director, Center of Excellence for Translational Neuroscience and Therapeutics                                        

Mission Statement

The Department of Pharmacology and Neursocience is strongly committeed to contributing to the overall mission of TTUHSC to improve the health of people through excellence in research, education and service.
Our goal is to perform innovative translational research and support and promote such endeavors within the Department, the School of Medicien, and the University at large; to offer state-of-the-art education in medical pharmacology and neuroscience to medical and graduate students; and to provide a stimulating firt-rate learning and training environment for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in the department.

Upcoming Events

Collaboration Across Pain Science & Practice

The Center of Excellence for Translational Neuroscience and Therapuetics (CTNT) is proud to join their 4th Annual Symposium with the 2nd Annual Integrative Medicine Symposium for a collaborative event.
This collaborative event will take place April 11, 2019 and April 12, 2019 at the TTUHSC Lubbock Campus. 
To view the Save the Date for this event, click here.  More details coming soon!

Got Questions?

We're here to help. Contact us if you have questions.

Volker Neugebauer, M.D., Ph.D.
(806) 743 - 3800


CTNT 4th Annual Symposium

 The 4th Annual Symposium for the Center of Excellence for Translational Neuroscience and Therapeutics (CTNT) will take place on Thursday, April 11, 2019 with a keynote presentation by Dr. Catherine Bushnell. This year's event will be a collaborative event with the Integrative Medicine Symposium which will take place on Friday, April 12, 2019 and feature Keynote Speakers, Dr. Margaret Chesney and Dr. Bruce Watkins. The two day, collaborative event will also include panel discussion, inter-professional interative workshop, poster presentations, and art exhibit.To view details please and register for this event visit: 

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2018 Research Retreat

The Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience held it's 4th annual research retreat October 18-19, 2018 in Marfa, Texas.

This year's event featured two distinguished guests speakers, Dr. Kathryn Cunningham, Professor and Vice Chair at UTMB Galveston and Dr. Quentin Smith, Senior Vice President of Research, TTUHSC.  This event also featured current and future grant projects presented by departmental faculty, staff, and students.


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