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Congratulations to Emmanuel Cruz and Dr. James Porter for their recently publication in PLOS One :“Spontaneous Recovery of Fear Reverses Extinction-Induced Excitability of Infralimbic Neurons”– August 2014

Welcome to the Office of Research at Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences (PSMHS)! I encourage you to browse through our Web site to explore the ongoing research in the Basic, Behavioral, Public Health, and Clinical Sciences, all of which come together in a uniquely innovative and collaborative community at PSMHS.

The PSMHS faculty is an exceptional group of scientists that are recognized experts in their fields. They work very diligently to create science that makes a difference. Our scientists have been successful in obtaining extramural funding and publishing their work in peer-reviewed journals. They are also deeply dedicated to graduate education by training future hispanic investigators in the basic and clinical sciences. In addition to our Medical Program (MD), PSMHS sponsors a Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences, a Clinical Psychology PsyD Program, a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program, a Masters in Public Health Program (MPH), and a Doctor in Public Health Program (DrPH). The 2010-2014 PSMHS Strategic Plan highlights multiple areas of research strengths such as: Non-communicable diseases (Cancer, Women’s Health, and GI-related disorders), Health Disparities, Infectious diseases (HIV, dengue), Neuroscience and Behavioral Sciences, and Community Health Promotion and Outreach (obesity, smoking, cancer, HIV). Our strengths and successes in research extend beyond those areas, and I invite you to explore the web pages of our departments and research programs for additional details. Many of these research areas comprise wonderful collaborations between our PSHMS investigators and scientists from other institutions in Puerto Rico, the U.S. mainland, the Caribbean, as well as South America, and Europe. We will continue to invest in the growth of these exciting areas, and hope to expand our translational and clinical research programs during the next five years.

For additional information about ongoing research at PSMHS, please contact me at 787-840-2575, Ext. 2158.

Best regards,

Kenira Thompson, Ph.D.
Research Dean