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Chairman's Note

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.

We are in the middle of a major period of growth and transformation from traditionally strong expertise in the area of alcohol and addiction to pain and related neuropsychiatric disorders. As a basic science facility in the School of Medicine the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience strives to provide insight into fundamental pharmacological and neurobiological principles that will advance our understanding of clinically relevant disorders, which is required for the development of novel and improved diagnostic approaches and therapeutic strategies.

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.

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

Dr. Volker Neugebauer

  Volker Neugebauer, MD, PhD

  Professor and Chair

  Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience



Research Presentation and Award Opportunity - First Annual Center of Excellence for Translational Neuroscience and Therapeutics Symposium

Dear students, residents, postgraduate trainees and faculty at TTUHSC and TTU,

The first Annual Symposium of the new Center of Excellence for Translational Neuroscience and Therapeutics (CTNT, will be held on Thursday April 21, 2016. Please join us for a day of science from some of our Center members and key note speaker, Dr. Jeffrey Conn, Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery, to learn more about our new Center and explore opportunities for collaborations.

This event will include a poster competition with monetary awards in the afternoon.  The deadline to submit an abstract for this event is Friday, March 11, 2016.  Please see guidelines below.

  • Topic:  Translational research in its broadest sense encompassing basic science or clinical research that may be useful and important for clinically relevant disorders and dysfunctions. Any research actually or potentially related to the focus of the Center on nervous system function, disorders and therapeutics is welcome.
  • Format: Word document, font size >11pt, not to exceed 1 page; must include title, authors' names and affiliation (TTUHSC/TTU, School, Department/Program, address)
  • Abstracts will be peer reviewed
  • Poster awards will be given
  • Competition is open to all trainees (basic science and clinical) at TTUHSC and TTU
  • Abstracts and posters from recent local or national meetings (academic year 2015-16) such as Student Research Week may be resubmitted.

Please submit abstracts to Tiffany Hancock at, no later than Friday March 11, 2016.  More details surrounding the event to come in the near future. If you have any questions regarding abstract submission, please contact Dr. Neugebauer, Director of CTNT .

 We Look forward to your participation!

Kindest regards,
Dr. Volker Neugebauer, Director
The Center of Excellence for Translational Neuroscience and Therapeutics (CTNT)

Dr. George henderson awarded funding by TTUHSC Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's health 

Congratulations to Dr. George Henderson, Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience!  Dr. Henderson has been awarded seed funds from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health as part of their Centralized Seed Grant program.