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The Center for the Study of Macular Degeneration (CSMD) is a dedicated biomedical research unit and part of the Neuroscience Research Institute (NRI) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). The mission of the CSMD is to advance basic biomedical research into the cellular, molecular, and genetic factors that contribute to the human ocular diseases that are known as macular degeneration. In pursuing its mission, the CSMD seeks to stimulate interactions between basic and clinical scientists, contribute to the training of students and postdoctoral fellows, and lay the groundwork for the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to treat macular degeneration.

The UCSB Neuroscience Research Institute

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Founded in 1986, the Neuroscience Research Institute has now grown to include 14 Laboratories, two Research Centers, and two Core Facilities that provide research support in the areas of computer technology and microscopy. The Institute's investigators include faculty members, professional research scientists, professional staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates. Together, they conduct state-of-the-art research into the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the normal development and function of the nervous system, various neurodegenerative conditions, as well as the neurobiological bases of behavior.

The UCSB Campus

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UCSB is one of the nine campuses of the University of California System. It's academic community consists of 17,600 undergraduates, 2,500 graduate students, and 1000 faculty members. The College of Letters and Science, the College of Engineering, and the College of Creative Studies offer nearly 80 undergraduate majors and over 30 minors in addition to more than 30 graduate-level programs. UCSB is a member of the Association of American Universities, and is ranked among some of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the United States and Canada.

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