UC Davis offers outstanding resources for neuroscience research and training within the Center for Neuroscience and across the Sacramento and Davis campuses. Following are selected programs and facilities available to the campus' neuroscientists:
- Center for Neuroscience
Center for Neuroscience covers the major sub-disciplines and techniques in neuroscience with 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.
State-of-the-art technologies at the Center for Neuroscience include the Zeiss 510 confocal, spectral imaging, and multi-photon imaging system, two image analysis workstations including Volocity 3-D analysis and deconvolution software and Huygens Professions Deconvolution software, and the 3 Tesla MRI Scanner for neuroimaging studies conducted by UC Davis faculty.
The Center for Neuroscience's BrainMaps.org is an interactive multiresolution next-generation brain atlas that is based on over 20 million megapixels of sub-micron resolution, annotated, scanned images of serial sections of both primate and non-primate brains and that is integrated with a high-speed database for querying and retrieving data about brain structure and function over the internet. Currently featured are complete brain atlas data sets for various species, including Macaca mulatta, Chlorocebus aethiops, Felis catus, Mus musculus, Rattus norvegicus, Tyto alba, and many other vertebrates.
- Memory & Plasticity Group
The University of California at Davis has one of the largest concentrations of researchers studying learning, memory, and neural plasticity of any university in the world. Researchers study memory in both healthy populations and in individuals with memory disorders, and also in animal models.
The goals of the Memory & Plasticity Group are to:
(1) Uncover the mechanisms by which experiences shape neural circuits and behavior
(2) To understand how mechanisms of learning and memory are affected by development, aging, and disease
(3) And to develop new approaches to improve learning and memory in healthy individuals and in patients with memory disorders.
- Center for Mind and Brain
Center for Mind and Brain is a research and training unit dedicated to understanding the nature of the human mind from interdisciplinary perspectives. CMB scientists are interested in a wide range of fundamental questions about how minds are organized, addressing 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 MIND Institute
The MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) is an international, multidisciplinary research organization, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care, and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders. Research programs focus on specific neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome.
- The Genome Center
The Genome Center uses state-of-the-art technologies to understand how the heritable genetic information of diverse organisms function in health and disease. The Genome Center offers diverse services cores, including DNA Technologies Core, Expression Analysis Core, Proteomics Core, Metabolomics Core, and Bioinformatics Core.
- Imaging Research Center
Imaging Research Center, 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. Located at the UCD Medical Center campus in Sacramento, the IRC houses two research-dedicated whole-body MRI scanners, a 1.5T GE Signa MRI System and the new 3T Siemens Trio MRI System.
- California National Primate Research Center
California National Primate Research Center is one of seven National Primate Research Centers supported by the National Institutes of Health. CNPRC provides a unique resource for investigators studying human health and disease, offering the opportunity to assess the causes of disease, and new treatment methods in nonhuman primate models that closely recapitulate humans. Located west of the main campus, the CNPRC is home to 3,500 nonhuman primates representing six species.
- Behavioral Health Center of Excellence
Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, launched in October 2014, bridges neuroscience research, mental health care and policy to improve the lives of those touched by mental illness.
- Center for Imaging Processing and Integrated Computing
Center for Imaging Processing and Integrated Computing is a multi-disciplinary research center with strengths in imaging, computer science, and engineering. CIPIC uses three-dimensional modeling, imaging, and visual communication. Other research areas access and use large pictorial databases and network-based data sharing.
NeuroMab is an NIH-funded monocolonal antibody facility, providing low cost, high quality mouse monoclonal antibodies to the entire neuroscience community. Antibodies are fully validated for biochemical and immunohistochemical applications in mammalian brain. NeuroMab is a cooperative venture among the University of California at Davis, the National Institutes of Health, and Antibodies Inc. Please submit new antibodies requests directly to NeuroMab.
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility offers researchers access to state-of-the-art NMR instrumentation for spectroscopy and imagining. The facility operates five spectrometers of varying purposes and capabilities, and has computers for off-line data processing and molecular modeling.
- Northern California Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Center
Northern California Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Center, located in Sacramento, is a clinical facility for brain, cardiac, and whole-body imaging using short-lived positron emitter-labeled radiopharmaceuticals and the tomographic imaging system. A collaborative research program between the Center for Neuroscience and NCPIC has placed duplicate computer systems in the two centers to ensure consistency among patient studies of brain electrical activity at the Center for Neuroscience and PET studies at NCPIC.