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.

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.

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.

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

The Salk Institute was established in the 1960s by Jonas Salk, M.D., the developer of the polio vaccine.

Today the major areas of study at Salk are: molecular biology and genetics, neurosciences, and plant biology. Salk research provides new understanding and potential new therapies and treatments for a range of diseases—from cancer, AIDS and Alzheimer’s disease, to cardiovascular disorders, anomalies of the brain and birth defects.

Allen Institute and The BRAIN Initiative

Allen Institute’s mission is to accelerate the understanding of how the human brain works in health and disease. Allen has been a major catalyst and facilitator of The BRAIN Initiative.

Launched in 2003 with a seed contribution from founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, the Allen Institute takes on large-scale initiatives designed to push brain research forward, enabling the global scientific community to more efficiently make discoveries that bring real-world utility.

Neuroscience@Harvard

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 the newly established Swartz Program in Theoretical Neuroscience.

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.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is a private, not-for-profit research and education institution at the forefront of molecular biology and genetics.

CSHL research generates knowledge that will yield better diagnostics and treatments for cancer, neurological diseases and other major diseases, and that will lead to improved and more diverse food resources and more efficient biofuels. The Watson School of Biological Sciences trains the next generation of scientists through an innovative Ph.D. program and other educational offerings.

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.

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.

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