Significant advances in developmental neurosciences, epidemiology, diagnosis, research methodologies and treatment identify neurodevelopmental disorders as a problem requiring a multidisciplinary approach. Responsiveness to changing needs of individuals and their parents required the integration of faculty and resources under a shared philosophy of collaboration.
- University of South Carolina
- Greenville Health System
- Medical University of South Carolina
The establishment of a Center of Excellence for Childhood Neurotherapeutics (CECN) was made official in 2006. Thus far two endowed chairs have been named to work in collaboration in order to prevent or cure targeted infant brain disorders.
- Dr. Jeffrey Twiss, USC Columbia
- Dr. Manuel Casanova, USC, GHS Greenville
The mission of the CECN is to conduct collaborative research to increase the quality and quantity of translational research and to accelerate biotechnology development concerning neurodevelopmental disorders in the state of South Carolina.
To accomplish this mission the CECN will pursue partnerships and collaborations with other Smart State Chairs and relevant institutions across the state (University of South Carolina Columbia, Medical University of South Carolina, Greenwood Genetic Center, etc.) to grow advanced interdisciplinary research in therapeutic interventions for childhood neurobehavioral disorders.
- Examining the relationship between the developing brain and the emergence of psychological abilities during infancy and childhood
- Studying neuropathological underpinnings of cognitive and behavioral deficits across a wide range of neurodevelopmental disorders
- Developing novel therapeutic interventions
As a major health problem throughout the world, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is one of the most important initiatives of the CECN. Our Autism Program follows the USC and GHS proposal by incorporating faculty and resources from several sources in order to better help individuals develop and utilize their potential.