Scientific Director : Prof. Alessandro Vercelli
The main goal of NICO research center is to study the fundamental biological mechanisms of nervous system function, whose knowledge is essential for the development of innovative therapeutic approaches for neurodegenerative diseases and psychiatric disorders.
NICO is an interdepartmental institute of Turin University devoted to Neuroscience. We focus in developing a multidisciplinary approach that combines the skills and expertise of our faculty, with the goal of integrating basic research and its clinical applications.
The NICO centre hosts several laboratories covering a wide variety of multidisciplinary research activities applied to neuroscience, including neuroanatomy, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, cellular physiology, thereby creating a very collaborative and highly stimulating scientific atmosphere.
The institute is organized into three floors/levels, each with its own formal scientific logic.
The basement contains the animal facilities, including surgery and behavioural rooms and the centre for image acquisition and analysis.
The ground floor hosts the clinical neurobiology laboratory for the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, laboratories for cell biology, the P2 and P3 facilities, one conference space, offices for senior scientists, postdoc researchers and PhD students.
The upper floor
is organized in one big open-space containing the laboratory of neuroanatomy, and two independent spaces hosting the molecular biology and electrophysiology facilities.
At this level offices for the senior scientists, the administration managers, and one small meeting room are also present.