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UM medical school opens brain research unit

The University of Maryland School of Medicine announced Wednesday that it has established a program that will do in-depth scientific research on the brain.

The hope is that research done from the Brain Science Research Consortium Unit can help in the development of new treatments for neurological disorders.

Research will be done by scientists and medical professionals from many disciplines, including laboratory scientists and physician scientists.

Dr. Bankole A. Johnson, professor and chair of the department of psychiatry and behavorial science at the medical school, will head the new unit.  His research expertise deals with the psychopharmacology of medications for treating addictions.

The brain research is unit is one of a number of units the school of medicine plans to create. Others will explore heart and vascular science, cancer biology and transplantation.

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