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Program Introduction

The University of California, San Francisco offers an interdisciplinary program for graduate training in neuroscience. The purpose of this program is to train doctoral students for independent research and teaching in neuroscience.

Our program seeks to train students who will be expert in one particular approach to neuroscientific research, but will also have a strong general background in other areas of neuroscience and related disciplines. To achieve this objective, our students take interdisciplinary core and advanced courses in neuroscience, as well as related courses sponsored by other graduate programs. In addition, they carry out research under the supervision of faculty members in the program.

The faculty of the Neuroscience program are drawn from 15 basic science and clinical departments and three affiliated organized research institutes. At present the program includes 70 faculty members and 98 students.  Research interests encompass diverse areas ranging from molecules and cells to systems, cognition, and behavior.  Many of our faculty conduct basic research in areas important for understanding neurological disorders, including pain, addiction, degenerative diseases and psychiatric disorders.   Laboratories use a variety of different organisms for these studies, ranging from invertebrate genetic models to fish, birds, mice and other species of vertebrates.

The program tries to promote multi-disciplinary interactions in both research and teaching. To enhance interactions and knowledge, the program sponsors several activities open to all UCSF scientists, including an annual retreat, a weekly formal seminar series, a weekly journal club, and periodic symposia. The program also collaborates with other programs to sponsor activities of general interest that help advance the careers of our students and other trainees.

Seminar and Journal Club Schedules:

Neuroscience Formal Seminars
2006-2007

Neuroscience Journal Club
2006-2007

Upcoming Conferences:

Asilomar: September 23-September 25, 2007

Upcoming Events:

Neuroscience Formal Seminar:

05/31/07

Making the Match: Calcium Signaling Regulates Transmitter Specification and Receptor Selection

Nicholas Spitzer, Ph.D.

University of California, San Diego

(PDF Flyer)

The Neuroscience Graduate Program administrative offices are located at
Mission Bay
Rock Hall
1550 4th Street
Room 484C