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About the Program

The Neuroscience Program became a Program within the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 1992, and the first student received his PhD through the Neuroscience Program in 2001. The Program has grown in numbers and vibrancy in parallel with the expansion of neuroscience research at UMass Medical School, and there are now over 50 PhD graduates. Currently, there are ~ 35 PhD Students and several MD/PhD students in the Program.

The Program provides didactic instruction in neuroscience topics and a heavy focus on research accomplishment and publication.  Follow the links for more information on the Program CurriculumFacultyPhD Students, and Student Publications.  Faculty research interests and publications can be explored further using their profiles sites. 
In addition to its curricular offerings, the Program maintains a schedule of seminars bringing together the entire neuroscience community to ensure a cohesive program.

Admission to the Neuroscience Program is via application to the umbrella program of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; students officially enter the Program upon acceptance into a Neuroscience lab at the beginning of the second year of graduate studies. 

The Department of Neurobiology provides the administrative home for the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, but the Program is truly interdepartmental.  There are more than 60 faculty members in the Program, and these faculty members have primary academic appointments in a variety of departments, including Neurobiology, the Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, Psychiatry, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Cell and Developmental Biology, Microbiology and Physiological Systems, Neurology, Medicine, Radiology and Ophthalmology.  This diversity of departmental affiliation reflects the diversity of research interests in the Program, which span from investigation of basic mechanisms in model organisms to development of therapies for neurodegenerative diseases. 

Please explore the faculty web pages and publications to explore this diversity and to identify faculty members of interest to you.  Feel free to contact me to discuss your interests and to identify faculty with whom they might best be pursued.  I wish you great success in your graduate studies!

David R. Weaver, Ph.D. 
Professor of Neurobiology and
Director, Graduate Program in Neuroscience

July 7, 2014