Universities and Neuroscience

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These universities include:
Universities who are participating in the 2014 NIH grants,
Universities who are participating in the 2015 NSF grants,
Universities who were part of the September kickoff event at the White House, and
Other universities who have committed to supporting The BRAIN Initiative in various ways

Mason Neuroscience

The Neuroscience Program at George Mason University, under the auspices of the Neuroscience Advisory Council (NAC), brings together experimental and theoretical scientists from the College of Science, College of Humanities and Social Science, Volgenau School of Engineering, and the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies.

Some of the key research centers include: Center for Neural Informatics, Structures, and Plasticity (CN3); Center for the Study of Neuroeconomics (CSNI); Center for Neural Dynamics (CND); and the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine (CAPMM).

PSU Institute of the Neurosciences

Penn State University's Institute of Neurosciences facilitates collaboration and networking between scientists and students in the areas of neuroscience at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine and the University Park campus.


The Institute also provides oversight and coordination for neuroscience-related activities in education, research, patient care and outreach, while promoting an intellectual environment that enhances the interdisciplinary neuroscience educational experience from the undergraduate to postdoctoral levels.

The Institute also provides oversight and coordination for neuroscience-related activities in education, research, patient care and outreach, while promoting an intellectual environment that enhances the interdisciplinary neuroscience educational experience from the undergraduate to postdoctoral levels.

Neuroscience @Penn

Neuroscience @Penn is based in the Department of Neuroscience with substantial coordination via the Mahoney Institute of Neuroscience.

Affiliated groups include: Behavioral Neuroscience at Penn, ; Center for Study of Addiction; Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Center for Neuroscience and Society, Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology, Penn Medicine Neuroscience Center, Department of Neurology, Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, Penn Vision Research Center, Computational Neuroscience at Penn, and Neuroscience Graduate Group (NGG).

BU Neuroscience

Boston University is creating a new Center for Integrated Life Science and Engineering (CILSE) for interdisciplinary research which will bring together outstanding scientists and engineers from across the University to work collaboratively in the areas of neuroscience and biological design.

CILSE will comprise 170,000 square feet. Its core resources will include a shared equipment facility for Cognitive Neuroimaging. Three new research Centers will be launched including the Center for Systems Neuroscience and the Center for Sensory Communication and Neural Technology.

Brandeis University

Brandeis University has a highly interactive research culture, with many cross-lab interactions and collaborations. This interactive culture begins with the rotation program: all first-year PhD students perform rotations in 4 research labs.

Brandeis has significant expertise in behavioral/cognitive neuroscience, cellular and molecular neuroscience, computational neuroscience and systems neuroscience (including the Sloan-Swartz Center for Theoretical Neuroscience), and developmental neuroscience.

Columbia Neuroscience

Columbia Neuroscience is centered around the Kavli Institute for Brain Science and the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute with 70 labs in 15 different departments.

Cumulatively, the Columbia neuroscience community of world-class neurobiologists generates more research funding than any other group in the country. Among them are two Nobel Prize winners, KIBS Director Eric Kandel and KIBS Investigator Richard Axel; 11 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators; eight members of the National Academy of Sciences; and 13 members of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Cornell University Neuroscience

Neuroscience at Cornell University, Ithaca campus, emphasizes an integrated and interdisciplinary approach. The Program in Neuroscience spans several graduate fields and includes faculty affiliated with many departments.

Faculty researcg encompasses neuroscience from human cognition to biophysics, including diverse experimental and computational approaches using a variety of model organisms. Graduate students acquire expertise in their primary disciplines while cultivating a broader understanding of the bigger picture.

Harvard Neuroscience

The Program in Neuroscience draws together neuroscientists from across Harvard. The physical home base of the program is located at the Longwood Campus of Harvard Medical School, in the Department of Neurobiology.

Research sites include the Longwood Medical Area, Cambridge Campus, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the McLean Hospital. The Center for Brain Science unites many neuroscience labs and houses in the newly established Swartz Program in Theoretical Neuroscience.

MIT Neuroscience

MIT has numerous academic and research programs related to neuroscience. Key institutions include the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Department of Biological Engineering, and the MIT Media Lab.

Important neuroscience related centers include: Center for Neurobiological Engineering (CNBE); McGovern Institute Neurotechnology (MINT) program; Simons Center for the Social Brain (SCSB); Synthetic Biology Center;Picower Center for Learning and Memory; and the Martinos Imaging Center at MIT.

Princeton Neuroscience Institute

The Institute places particular emphasis on the close connection between theory, modeling and experimentation using the most advanced technologies.

Jon Cohen and David Tank serve as co-directors of the Institute. They view the Institute as a stimulus for teaching and research in neuroscience and related fields, as well as an impetus for collaboration and education in disciplines as wide ranging as economics and philosophy. Princeton collaborators come from an array of disciplines including mathematics, physics, engineering, chemistry, computer science, ecology and evolutionary biology, and economics.

UCSD Neuroscience

The University of California at San Diego (UCSD) leads the nation as the top neurosciences department in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.

With about 120 faculty members, UC San Diego's Neuroscience department is among the nation's largest. The program's labs, medical centers and clinics are located in the heart of the San Diego life sciences district. There are many research centers at UCSD including Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind; Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience; and Research in Neuroscience at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Stanford Neurosciences Institute

The goal of the Stanford Neurosciences Institute is to understand how the brain gives rise to mental life and behavior.

The Institute's interdisciplinary community of scholars will draw from a multiplicity of disciplines, including neuroscience, medicine, education, law and business. Their discoveries aim to remodel understanding of brain function, individuals, and society, enabling positive change and enhancing human potential. Current research themes: The Changing Brain, Cracking the Neural Code, Enhancing the Brain, Understanding Thought, and How We Learn.

Yale Neuroscience

Yale University's neuroscience research and academic programs are located in the Faculty of Arts and Science and the School of Medicine.

The interdisciplinary research programs of Yale neuroscience faculty are central to Yale's Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (INP). Other major groups are the Kavli Institute for Neuroscience which awards grants to Yale faculty to support new research initiatives and the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Research which is dedicated to molecular and cell-based discoveries.

John Hopkins Neuroscience

John Hopkins has two primary centers for neuroscience research: The Solomon Snyder Department of Neuroscience in the School of Medicine and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in the School of Arts & Sciences.

Current research ranges from investigating the development of the nervous system, synaptic plasticity and the molecular and cellular mechanisms of learning and memory to the neural basis of higher brain function such as perception and decision-making.

Rockefeller University

Centered around 76 cutting-edge laboratories working in a broad range of fields, The Rockefeller University fosters a collaborative research environment for its faculty and provides an innovative educational experience for its outstanding graduate students and postdoc researchers.

To help reduce artificial barriers and provide its investigators with the greatest degree of freedom, Rockefeller does not have academic departments. As a result, the university is not constrained to perform research in any particular field and can recruit the most accomplished and gifted investigators across a wide spectrum of disciplines in the sciences.

UCSF Neuroscience

University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) has one of the largest neuroscience complexes in the world including the Sandler Neurosciences Center and Rock Hall. UCSF is ranked by NIH as the #1 department of neurology at US medical schools.

Research is done by the faculty in the Neuroscience Graduate Program and many centers including the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and the Center for Integrative Neuroscience. Affiliated centers include research at San Francisco Medical Centers and the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disorders.

Rice Neuroscience

The Rice Neuroscience Program is a composition of courses, research opportunities, and seminars that seek to provide an education experience that can lead to exciting and rewarding career paths directly in, or related to, neuroscience.

The neuroscience minor program involves participation in core and elective courses at Rice, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Texas Health Sciences Center as well as research in active faculty laboratories throughout the Texas Medical Center. There are numerous related programs at Rice and nearby universities.

University of Utah Neuroscience Initiative

The University of Utah Health Sciences has committed $10 million to launch a Neuroscience Initiative that will catalyze interdisciplinary approaches to neuroscience research.

The goal is to deepen the understanding of the function and disorders of the nervous system and to improve patient care through innovation and integration of basic, translational, and clinical research efforts. Initial funds will be used to create a “neuroscience hub,” including space for collaborative research and neuroscience training.

Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute

The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI) at UC Berkeley is an active, collaborative research community that investigates fundamental questions about how the brain functions.

Using approaches from many disciplines (including biophysics, chemistry, cognitive science, computer science, genetics, mathematics, molecular and cell biology, physics, and physiology), HWNI seeks to understand how the brain generates behavior and cognition, and to better understand, diagnose and treat neurological disorders.

Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS) was created as a cross-school, campus-wide, interdisciplinary Institute with a commitment to building an interactive community of brain science research and scholarship.

DIBS encourages innovation and collaborations that transcend the boundaries of traditional disciplines, bringing together a diverse community of academics from the biomedical sciences, social sciences, physical sciences, humanities, law, business, public policy, mathematics, computer science and engineering.

Caltech Neuroscience

Several Caltech laboratories are applying basic science findings to animal models of brain disorders, and these translational approaches are opening up novel therapeutic avenues.

Caltech Neuroscience research spans a wide range: from the molecular function of receptors; through signaling organelles like the synapse; the structure and function of single neurons; the assembly and function of circuits of nerve cells; and the collective function of brain systems in controlling behavior, perception, memory, cognition, and emotion.

UCLA Neuroscience

UCLA is the home of an outstanding and vibrant neuroscience community, including laboratories in diverse departments in the David Geffen School of Medicine, the College and the Samueli School of Engineering.

UCLA offers graduate training in Neuroscience through the Interdepartmental PhD Program for Neuroscience (NS-IDP). The program includes about 150 laboratories in diverse areas spanning the field from molecular analysis to genetics and behavior. Students learn modern problem solving skills and use state of the art approaches to explore a deeper understanding of how the brain processes information.

UC Davis Neurosciences

University of California Davis Neuroscience occurs both at the Sacramento campus, home of UC Davis Health System and at the UC Davis campus 15 miles west of Sacramento.

The Center for Neuroscience is UC Davis' hub for studying the entire scope of neuroscience, ranging from cellular and molecular neurobiology, through systems and developmental neuroscience, to studies of human perception, memory, language, and the nature of consciousness. Some of the major UC Davis Health System research centers include the UC Davis MIND Institute, Eye and Pain Medicine Centers.

USC Neuroscience

University of Southern California (USC) has neuroscience undergraduate and graduate programs in addition to its USC Keck School of Medicine.

USC has numerous neuroscience related research centers and labs including: USC Imaging Genetics Center; LONI Laboratory of Neuro Imaging; Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute; USC Brain and Creativity Institute; USC Davis School of Gerontology; and
USC Neurorestoration Center.

Washington University Neuroscience

The Washington University Neuroscience Program offers outstanding neuroscience education for Ph.D. students and exciting research opportunities for Postdoctoral scientists.

The Program includes a broad spectrum of research laboratories that study how the brain works. Neuroscience research has included the nobel-prize winning insights of Rita Levi-Montalcini and Viktor Hamburger on formation and development of the nervous sytem, through development of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging, to current innovations in detection and treatment of Alzheimer's Disease.

University of Michigan Neuroscience

The longest-standing neuroscience graduate program in the United States, we are a collegial and interactive group that performs research across the breadth of the neuroscience field.

The University of Michigan Neuroscience program captures the excitement and interdisciplinary collaboration intrinsic to the field of neuroscience by drawing on the expertise of over 120 faculty members from more than 20 departments.Primary research fields include: Sensory & Computational Neuroscience, Developmental Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience,Behavioral Neuroscience,Molecular Neuroscience, and Clinical Neuroscience.

WVU Center for Neuroscience

The Center for Neuroscience (CN) mission is to advance knowledge in basic and translational neuroscience through team-based interdisciplinary research.

The CN functions to integrate all neuroscience research activities across a collaborative enterprise of 40 laboratories throughout the WVU campus. Our faculty members are highly interactive and participate with trainees in regular scientific and social events where we explore recent breakthroughs and discuss the major topics in neuroscience research.

UC Irvine Neuroscience

UC Irvine's neuroscience efforts are primarily focused on the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior in the School of Biological Sciences.

Research projects aim to discover treatments and cures for epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, learning and memory disorders, drug addiction, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), deafness and other hearing disorders, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, mental retardation and to learn more about systems neuroscience, learning and memory, cell signaling, and hearing research.

Institute for Translational Neuroscience

The University of Minnesta's Institute for Translational Neuroscience (ITN) grew out of the Presidential Initiative on Brain Function across the Lifespan.

The Institute is not a brick and mortar entity but an umbrella organization. The Institute's main goal has been to retain and recruit neuroscience researchers who exemplify the institute's mission to make discoveries through team work. The Institute's second goal is to foster and encourage collaboration amongst the scholars, researchers and centers.

UT System Neuroscience Institute

The U.T. BRAIN initiative funds $20 million in support of a virtual U.T. System Neuroscience and Neurotechnology Research Institute.

The institute’s purpose is to promote trans-disciplinary, multi-institutional research projects focused on neuroscience and neurotechnology challenges that will transform the fields of imaging, neurocomputation, and molecular mapping; the development of neuro-devices; and basic/translational/clinical investigations in intractable neurological diseases.

UMD Neuroscience and Cognitive Science

The Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) Graduate Program offer cutting-edge interdisciplinary training in several areas: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience; Cognitive Neuroscience; Cognitive Science; Computational Neuroscience; and Systems Neuroscience.

These research activities are carried out in laboratories housed in six colleges and 17 different departments on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. Through our official partnership with the National Institutes of Health and active collaboration with Children's National Medical Center, NACS graduate students may also receive research training.

University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute

The University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute focuses on unlocking the mysteries of normal and abnormal brain function.

The Brain Institute will support the efforts of more than 150 neuroscientists at the university and create seven new Centers, including the NeuroTech Center, which capitalizes on the University’s advances in brain-computer interfaces for paralyzed individuals, and the NeuroDiscovery Center, which will provide unique resources to enable innovative basic science research.

Neuroscience at University of Chicago

At The University of Chicago there are three closely interacting, interdepartmental graduate programs: the Graduate Programs in Neurobiology, Computational Neuroscience, and Integrative Neuroscience.

Some of the more significant neuroscience research centers include: the Center of Cognitive & Social Neuroscience; Center for Integrative Neuroscience and Neuroengineering; Brain Research Imaging Center; Center for Integrative Neuroscience and Neuroengineering; Center for Peripheral Neuropathy; and the Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior.

Zurich Brain Research Institute

The Brain Research Institute ("Hifo") is a neuroscience research center in the medical faculty of the University of Zurich.

The four laboratories on neural circuit dynamics, neural plasticity, neuroepigenetics, and neural regeneration and repair focus on basic research topics ranging from molecular and cellular processes to network functions in the nervous system. The main areas of investigation concern the ability of the central nervous system to learn new information and to regenerate after injury, the mechanisms underlying synaptic transmission, plasticity and synapses formation.

UNC Neuroscience

The UNC Neuroscience Center is an interdepartmental research center at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

The mission of the Neuroscience Center is to promote neuroscience research that is innovative, collaborative and translational. The Center promotes this goal by bringing together researchers working on fundamental problems in basic and clinical neuroscience. By integrating work across the spectrum of neuroscience, we aim to advance our understanding of brain development and function, and to identify new therapeutic approaches to a broad range of neurological and psychiatric disorders.


Neuroscience and Neuroengineering research and education are found across multiple Schools and Colleges at Georgia Tech and span a wide range of interests, many of which pivot on cutting-edge technology.

Neuro@Tech devleops and translates innovative solutions to the challenges of understanding the complexity of the nervour system, treating neurological diseases and injuries, and augmenting neural function. Neuro@Tech uses qualitative systems-level, and integrative approaches to study the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system.

NYU Neuroscience Institute

In 2011, The New York University School of Medicine established a new, state-of-the-art Neuroscience Institute, with special thanks to a $100M founding gift from the Druckenmiller Foundation.

The Institute leverages NYU's excellence in both basic science and clinical medicine. By developing strategic links and fostering innovative collaborations, we are addressing some of society's most challenging health care issues, from Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy to multiple sclerosis, psychiatric disorders, and malignant brain tumors.

Pierre and Marie Curie University

Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC) has more than 5,000 researchers and professors working in 100 laboratories across four divisions: Modeling & Engineering; Energy, Matter & the Universe; Living Earth & Environment; Life & Health.

The research ranges from fundamental to applied, with the aim to push the boundaries of knowledge and to explore major issues of sustainable development that preoccupy our society in the twenty-first century, including health, climate change, water, biodiversity, energy, and communications.

UCSB Brain Imaging Center – GE & NFL Head Health Challenge I Winner

The UCSB Brain Imaging Center, in collaboration with faculty in the computer sciences, is developing statistical methods to detect damage to the deep connections in the brains of patients after mild head injury.

Recent breakthroughs in both MRI scanning and data analysis make it possible to detect subtle brain changes in individual patients after mild concussions. This approach will be tested with clinical data from collaborators using a variety of MRI scanners.

Houston Neuroscience

The University of Houston neuroscience programs include the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience program in the Department of Psychology and various centers including Center for Neuro-Engineering & Cognitive Science and the Center for Neuromotor, Biomechanics Research (CNBR). and the Brain-Machine Interface Systems Lab.

Medical College of Wisconsin – GE & NFL Head Health Challenge I Winner

Using MRI scanning technology, Center for Imaging Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin are determining the direct effects of sports-related concussions on brain structure and function.

The aim of the study is to advance the discovery of more objective biomarkers to assist in diagnosing concussion, determining when an athlete’s brain has fully recovered, and clinical decision making about the athlete’s fitness to return to play after a concussion.

Illinois Neuroscience

Neuroscience Program (NSP) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an interdisciplinary program of study and research leading to the doctoral degree. Other neuroscience related programs include the Beckman Institute and numerous research centers.

The Beckman Institute's research is focused around four research themes: Biological Intelligence, Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction, Integrative Imaging, and Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures. Researchers come from psychology, computer science, electrical engineering, physics, chemistry, and bioengineering.

Carnegie Mellon ‘BrainHub’

The Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) BrainHub initiative spans across CMU’s colleges and schools, involving nearly 50 faculty and over 150 scientists.

A major facet of this initiative is increasing collaboration among faculty from disciplines such as computer science and engineering with those taking biological and behavioral approaches to neuroscience. Linking brain science to behavior via the application of machine learning, statistics, and computational modeling will be a hallmark of CMU’s efforts, along with commercialization of the new technologies and applications.

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