We seek to understand how the nervous sytem functions, biochemically and physiologically, in normal and disordered systems, and how this function manifests as behavior. Neuroscience is a rapidly growing field of study. An excellent description of Neuroscience can be found at What is Neuroscience? Funding for Neuroscience research comes from a variety of sources, the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation being two major providers of funding.
Our faculty of basic and applied scientists, from a range of disciplines, conduct research over a broad range of areas. Faculty members come from a variety of Departments, including Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Medical Sciences, Optometry, Physics, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Speech and Hearing. Faculty belong to one or two of six core research areas:
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
- Disorders of the Nervous System
- Homeostatic and Neuroendocrine Systems
- Sensory and Motor Processes
The Program in Neuroscience began formal operations as an inter-disciplinary, PhD-granting program in 1965, one of the first of its kind in the United States. It bestowed its first PhD in 1971 and now includes approximately 40 predoctoral researchers working with a similar number of faculty members drawn from 10 departments across campus. Nearly half of the Program faculty has been added in the last 10 years, underscoring not only the campus commitment to neuroscience but also its dynamic growth. Program faculty members study nervous system function using levels of analysis that range from molecules and proteins to animal models and human cognition.
Because it operates within the College of Arts and Sciences, the Program in Neuroscience strives for excellence in both the laboratory and the classroom. Program faculty members are dedicated researchers and mentors as well as accomplished lecturers. Their numerous research and teaching awards, elected positions of leadership in professional societies, and membership on editorial boards and federal grant review panels speaks to their high stature in the field. In graduate training, the Program has always emphasized an integrative, inter-disciplinary approach to research. In fact, many Program students are earning joint degrees in Neuroscience and another relevant discipline such as Biology, Kinesiology, Psychology, or Speech and Hearing Science. Program graduates now occupy leadership positions in biomedical research across the country.