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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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