Patients dealing with neurological disorders like multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's Disease will have a chance to interact with neuroscience researchers Friday at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (HSC).

The HSC's Neuroscience Day has traditionally been a time when scientists network with each other. While that practice remains a core value for the day, this year the Brain and Behavioral Health Institute (BBHI) is expanding the event to bring researchers and members of the community together, said Dr. Bill Shutterworth, BBHI director.

During the past year, the new institute has been working with groups and communities throughout the state to incorporate their priorities and concerns into the brain and behavior research activities being conducted at the HSC, he said.

“There is a broad spectrum of research and clinical activity happening at UNM in the areas of brain and behavioral health. Our focus has been on building relationships and learning about what’s going on in communities so we can play a role in bringing groups together to strengthen and coordinate efforts,” said Shuttleworth.

The event is being co-sponsored by the New Mexico Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and the Brain and Behavioral Health Institute (BBHI). It will include a keynote lecture by Dr. Luis Parada, Chair of Developmental Biology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Community groups will have booths and posters and be included in panel discussions.

For more information, visit BBHI’s website (https://brain.health.unm.edu/index.shtml).