Gordon Broderick, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at NSU's College of Psychology. A systems engineer by training, Dr. Broderick completed post-doctoral training at McGill’s School of Computer Science in cancer genomics as well as a research fellowship in computational biochemistry at the University of Alberta where he became a tenured faculty in medicine.
Current research efforts at the Broderick Clinical Systems Biology (CSB) lab focus on understanding the bidirectional relationship linking immune, nervous system and endocrine function with behavior. In particular his group is investigating how subtle imbalances in the interplay between these systems combined with environmental stressors may lead to complex chronic disorders such as depression, PTSD, Gulf War Illness and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
The latter continue to defy a conventional one piece at a time approach. As none of the body’s systems function in isolation we believe new insight can be achieved by considering the immune, endocrine and nervous systems as part of an overarching whole integrating behavior. This is at the very heart of systems biology where context and interaction are key. The eventual goal is not only to tap into system-wide pathogenic conversations but also to re-direct these with well-chosen and well-timed pharmaco-behavioral interventions.
This work is funded under grants from the U.S. Department of Defense (CDMRP), the NIH and the U.S. Veterans Affairs. Dr. Broderick serves as an associate editor to BMC Systems Biology. He also sits on the editorial board of Systems Biomedicine (Taylor and Francis) as well as the Elsevier journal Brain, Behaviour and Immunity.