The Neuroscience Mission of Boston University is an outgrowth of the collective academic and research accomplishments of its many talented faculty who are empowered by the dedication and intellectual ability of their students. Together they face the challenge of unraveling the mysteries of brain function and harnessing them to understand how we interpret the world around us, how we evolved and continue to evolve, and how through our discoveries we can repair or prevent the loss of brain processes that are critical to the quality of our existence.
The broad range of research activities of our faculty across our two campuses are coordinated through the Center for Neuroscience (CfN). CfN links the research faculty of the Charles River campus with those from the MED campus by supporting scientific retreats, innovative workshops, and collaborative research grants that stimulate new scientific partnerships across the diverse laboratories of the University. A variety of other neuroscience Centers across the University interface with CfN to provide a network of opportunities for both faculty and students, including the Spivack Center that connects the clinical and basic neuroscience missions of the medical campus.
The neuroscience faculty support two major University-wide training programs: Undergraduate and Graduate. The goal of these programs is to allow students to move freely between departments, schools, and disciplines. The neuroscience student community served by GPN is also enriched by students conducting neuroscience research in a multitude of disciplines such as anatomy, biology, biomedical engineering, mathematics, pharmacology, and psychology.