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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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