Mission & Goals

Mission Statement

The Center’s Mission is to discover, develop and evaluate future treatments and diagnostics for degenerative central nervous system conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and other brain neurodegenerative disorders.


Core Approach

  • The CTRND was started in 2010 and is a center within the UF College of Medicine, it occupies the 4th floor of the newly built Biomedical Sciences Building where an open laboratoy design facilitates collaborative research.
  • Our dedicated faculty and team members are conducting world-class translational research in neurodegenerative disease.
  • We are developing interdisciplinary platforms at UF that help to catalyze the translation of discoveries to diagnostics and therapeutics that benefit.
  • We are working as a team in a highly collaborative environment to address major unmet medical needs in the areas of brain neurodegenerative disease.
  • We are conducting the most rigorous discovery science possible; but also focusing on translating basic discoveries into practical clinical advances that can benefit those who suffer from these devastating disorders.

Center Goals

  • Make groundbreaking discoveries in the neurodegenerative disease and stroke fields.
  • Demonstrate major translational activity in the area of diagnostics and therapeutics of neurodegenerative disease and stroke as evidenced by novel target identification, development of novel diagnostic tools, and development of novel therapies.
  • Create infrastructure and models to support broader based translational activities at the University of Florida.
  • Enhance the national and international identity of University of Florida as a major translational research center for study of chronic neurodegenerative disease and stroke.
  • Provide superb training in disease oriented neurodegenerative research