UC Davis Center for Neuroscience


Neuroscience remains one of the most rapidly-expanding disciplines in Biology and Medicine.  It continues to absorb technological advances from other fields of science that are by no means limited to the traditional areas of biology.

Neuroscientists today use techniques ranging from molecular genetics of simple multicellular organisms to imaging the living human brain.

Neuroscience has made many discoveries of fundamental importance to our understanding of the basis of normal brain function and its breakdown in neurological and neuropsychiatric disease.

Continuing discoveries offer the promise of developing strategies for therapeutic intervention in many disabling human diseases such as schizophrenia and stroke that are associated with enormous social and economic cost.

Cameron Carter, M.D. 

Director, Center for Neuroscience





Established in 1991, the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience seeks to understand the function of the human brain in health and in illness.

Schizophrenia, autism, depression, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, the after-effects of stroke treating: treating, curing and perhaps even preventing these and other mental disorders all depend on developing an intimate understanding of the human brain.  Teams of internationally recognized scientists work in areas ranging from cellular and molecular neurobiology, through systems and devleopmental neuroscience, to studies of human perception, attention, memory, language, and the nature of consciousness.  The discoveries they make are the raw material that will be translated into advances in the clinic, through close collaboration between bench scientists and physicians.

Click here for information about the new 3 Tesla MRI scanner delivered to the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience.