Research Facilities

The University of California, Davis, offers extensive resources for research and teaching in neuroscience. Below are some of the resources and facilities available to UC Davis neuroscientists.

The Center for Neuroscience, directed by Dr. Cameron Carter, is the home of the Neuroscience Graduate Group and the hub of neuroscience research on campus. Research at the Center is diverse, covering the major sub-disciplines and techniques in neuroscience and ranges from cellular and molecular neurobiology through systems and developmental neuroscience to studies of human perception, attention, memory, language, and the nature of consciousness. The Center places special emphasis on sensory physiology, the molecular-genetic basis of neuronal function and its development, the search for genetic markers in psychiatric diseases, the study of human cognition and the development of improved methods to treat brain injury and disease.

The Center for Mind and Brain, directed by Dr. Steven Luck, is a research and training unit dedicated to understanding the nature of the human mind from interdisciplinary perspectives. Scientists currently in the CMB (16 core members) include those interested in a wide range of fundamental questions about how minds are organized. They address these questions using interdisciplinary approaches from social science (anthropology, economics, linguistics, philosophy and psychology), biological science (behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, physiology), engineering science (biomedical and electrical engineering, computer science), and medical science (neurology, psychiatry and medical imaging).

The UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders), directed by Dr. Leonard Abbeduto, is an international, multidisciplinary research organization, committed to excellence, collaboration and hope, striving to understand the causes and develop better treatments and ultimately cures for neurodevelopmental disorders. Standing shoulder to shoulder, families, scientists, physicians, educators, and administrators are working together to unlock the mysteries of the mind.

The UC Davis Imaging Research Center (IRC), directed by Dr. Cameron Carter, supports human imaging science research and promotes the use of modern imaging methods in basic science and clinical investigations of the brain and body. The IRC is located in a 13,000 sq.ft building on the UCD Medical Center campus in Sacramento, and currently houses two research-dedicated whole-body MRI scanners — a 1.5T GE Signa MRI System and the new 3T Siemens Trio MRI System. A wide range of human and animal imaging studies are carried out in the IRC. The IRC supports basic science and clinical research that investigates the structure and function of the nervous system, including perceptual, motor and cognitive function using real-time functional imaging techniques, and research that investigates systemic physiology and morphology in health and disease.

One of the largest regional primate facilities in the country, the California Regional Primate Research Center, directed by Dr. John Morrison, conducts interdisciplinary programs in biomedical research on significant human-related problems where nonhuman primates are the models of choice. The center is located west of the main campus on a 300-acre site and is home to 3,500 nonhuman primates representing six species.

The Center for Imaging Processing and Integrated Computing is an interdisciplinary research center with strengths in imaging, computer science, and engineering. Of special interest to the center is three-dimensional modeling, imaging, and visual communication. Other areas of research are the access and use of large pictorial data bases and network-based data sharing.