The impacts of environmental degradation and climatic variation on the biosphere and its inhabitants remain poorly understood. As a major interface between organisms and their surroundings, the nervous system can provide sensitive and reliable measures of biological responses to environmental perturbations. The CREST Puerto Rico Center for Environmental Neuroscience (PRCEN) was originally established to promote dialog and collaboration between the neuroscience and environmental science communities across campuses of the University of Puerto Rico and Ana G. Mendez University. The PRCEN Phase I initiated a discourse that did not previously exist among researchers and students from these two disciplines. The PRCEN Phase II will benefit from lessons learned and will reinforce communication across fields and campuses to broaden and amplify its impact on the emergent field of environmental neuroscience and prepare the next generation of scientists to sustain it.


PRCEN group awarded NIH R21 grant.
Congratulations Dr. Demetrio Sierra,
Dr. Mauricio Cáceres Chacón,
and Dr. Osmarie Martínez Guzmán.

August 26, 2022.
Roberto Reyes Maldonado
successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis: "Using a
native insect species and its neuromuscular
system as models for assessing benthic sediment
toxicity in Puerto Rico: Chironomus sp. "Florida" (Diptera: Chironomidae)".

Congratulations to Dr. Reyes Maldonado and his mentors Dr. Bruno Marie and Dr. Alonso Ramírez.

August 23, 2022.
PRCEN students participated in a focus
group organized by our external evaluation
team from CoopSEI.

Left to right: Zulyakma Rodríguez, M.Ed. (CoopSEI), Catalina P. Rodríguez Alemañy,, Katherine Cordero Padilla, John Ramírez Leiton, Ph.D (CoopSEI), Dr. Mark W. Miller (Program Director), Melissa Rivera López, Marla V. Santos Crespo, Mauricio Cáceres Chacón.

Melissa Rivera López 
2nd Place Award in Experimental Biology
Consumption of the herbicide atrazine in rats.

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Institute of Neurobiology
201 Blvd. del Valle, Old San Juan, PR 00901
Tel: 787-721-4149

​ e-mail: prcen.rcm@upr.edu