Neuroscience research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is currently undergoing rapid growth, characterized by the formation of the Department of Neurobiology, and the opening of the Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, in 2001 and 2000, respectively, and the recent addition of neuroscientists from the Shriver Centerin Waltham to the UMMS community. Faculty recruitment in neurosciences is continuing in several departments.
Neuroscience Program activities on campus are directed from the Department of Neurobiology, which provides an administrative home for the Graduate Program. There are more than 50 faculty members in the interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, and these faculty have primary academic appointments in a variety of departments, including Neurobiology, Psychiatry, Cell Biology, Physiology, Neurology, Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology and Medical Genetics and Microbiology. The Program maintains a schedule of seminars and journal clubs bringing together the entire neuroscience faculty to ensure a cohesive program.
The Neuroscience Program became a doctoral degree-granting Program within the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciencesin 1992. In the early years, only a few students entered the Program each year. With the growth of the GSBS in general and with the emphasis on Neuroscience faculty recruitments in particular, the Program has grown dramatically. In each of the last several years, 8-12 students have entered the Neuroscience Program per year. Thus, while only 5 students have received PhD degrees through the Neuroscience Program as of 2005, there are currently 32 PhD Studentsin the 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.
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