Neuroscience and Neurotoxicology

The Neuroscience and Neurotoxicology program focuses on environmentally linked neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s), environmental toxicology, neuropharmacology (human beings, animals, parasites), drug abuse, spinal muscular atrophy, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), retinal degeneration, and learning/memory, ranging from disease mechanisms to novel therapies. Investigators in the program are well funded by NIH. Clinical, diagnostic, and interventional neurology also includes small animal, wildlife, and hoof stock/bovine species. The ISU CVM leads the university Center for Advanced Neurotoxicology  (ICAN),,  a university-wide center fostering interdisciplinary collaboration in the fields of toxicology, neuroscience, and related fields, directed by a CVM Distinguished Professor, Endowed Chair in Neurotoxicology, and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Department.

Iowa State University veterinarians trying to improve safety and efficiency in development of new drugs

Veterinary researchers standing in the Lloyd Small Animal Hospital

From left are Al Jergens, Jonathan Mochel and Karin Allenspach-Jorn of the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine. The researchers are part of a collaborative research agreement with the FDA that aims to make drug development more efficient and safer. Photo by Christopher Gannon. Larger image.

News Article Contacts

Jonathan Mochel, Biomedical Sciences, 515-294-7424,
Karin Allenspach-Jorn, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, 515-294-1281,
Albert Jergens, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, 515-460-1205,
Dana Borcherding, Biomedical Sciences, 515-294-2831,
Fred Love, News Service, 515-294-0704,

Biomedical scientist receives Department of Defense grant to study how metal exposure affects Parkinson’s symptoms

News Article Contacts

Anumantha Kanthasamy, Biomedical Sciences, 515-294-2516,
Fred Love, News Service, 515-294-0704,