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About the Center for Neuroscience

Treating, preventing and curing mental disorders such as schizophrenia, autism, depression, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, the after-effects of stroke depend on developing an intimate understanding of the human brain.

The UC Davis Center for Neuroscience is dedicated to understanding brain function in health and in illness. Our teams of internationally recognized scientists study areas, ranging from cellular and molecular neurobiology, through systems and developmental neuroscience, to studies of human perception, attention, memory, language, and the nature of consciousness. Their discoveries provide the raw material and building blocks that translate into advances in the clinic through close collaboration between bench scientists and physicians.

Our neuroscientists are seeking answers to important questions:

  • How do cells in the nervous system develop and form the connections that support healthy brain functioning?
  • How is information in the physical environment transformed into the sensations and perceptions that allow us to experience and navigate the world?
  • What can advanced imaging of the brain, from synapses to cells to systems, reveal?
  • How do genes and the environment affect how the brain develops and functions in health and disease?
  • How does the brain attend, learn and retain knowledge, and how does it regulate our thinking and behavior?
  • What are the causes and potential treatment of brain disorders such as schizophrenia, autism, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's and traumatic brain injury?

In addition to discovery-driven research, the Center for Neuroscience is home to three premier NIH T32 training programs for graduate and postdoctoral researchers. The Neuroscience Graduate Program provides students with unparalleled opportunities for research at the cutting edge of neuroscience.