Bret N Smith, PhDDepartment Interim Chair: Bret N. Smith, Ph.D.

The Department of Neuroscience is comprised of a world-class team of scientists and educators who focus their research activities in the dynamic field of Neuroscience, with nearly seven million dollars a year in grant and contract support for biomedical research on the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system. Research strengths include the study of spinal cord and brain injury and repair, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke, epilepsy, and circadian biology.  Several faculty are affiliated with translational research centers, including the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Reseaerch Center (SCoBIRC), the Sanders Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA), the Center for Microelectrode Technology (CenMeT), the Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Center (MRISC), the Center for Advanced Translational Stroke Science (CATSS), and the Epilepsy Center (EpiC). For additional information on the faculty and their research interests go to our Faculty Research page.

We are also committed to providing outstanding training at the undergraduate, graduate, professional, and postdoctoral levels in neuroscience and human anatomy. Our educational program emphasizes laboratory research complemented by lectures for undergraduate, graduate and professional students in four colleges, including a broad range of research experiences for undergraduates. The Departmental Graduate Program is a PhD training program, and all graduate students receive a competitive research stipend and tuition support. We are intensely committed to Graduate training and offer several intensive Neuroscience courses and training programs.  Further information on the graduate program is available at our Education site. Postdoctoral fellowships are awarded through individual laboratories and interested candidates are encouraged to contact faculty members directly about opportunities in their research group.

The field of Neuroscience is at the precipice of an unprecedented age of discovery. Recent advances in genetics and cellular and molecular biology have provided stunning insights into the mechanisms underlying many diseases and disorders of the nervous system. The advent of new tools and technologies has allowed neuroscientists to probe neural function at the molecular, cellular, systems, and behavioral levels. The parallel development of scientific and technological advances has positioned us to translate basic science findings to relevant clinical outcomes. The multidisciplinary nature of Neuroscience scholarship and research is one of the greatest strengths and most attractive aspects of the discipline.  As you peruse our website, I hope you will find the information you need. If you have additional questions or comments, please contact me directly by e-mail.