Division of Biology and Medicine
Department of Neuroscience

About Us

Brown neuroscientists work across institutional and disciplinary boundaries to unravel the mysteries of the nervous system and prepare future scientists to lead with distinction within the academy and beyond.

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Neuroscience is to excel in scientific discovery and in the training of the next generation of scholars in Neuroscience. We are advancing knowledge of the nervous system at all levels of inquiry -- from genes, molecules, and cells to neural networks and behavior -- both in the healthy brain and neurological disorders. Areas of interest include neural plasticity, information processing, and neuronal and synaptic functions, particularly as they relate to development, sensory perception, motor behavior, and cognition.

Neuroscience faculty train undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and medical students in molecular, cellular, developmental, systems, cognitive, and theoretical neuroscience. There are currently over 50 doctoral students in the Neuroscience Graduate Program and the innovative Brown-NIH Graduate Program Partnership, and over 120 undergraduate students are enrolled in the neuroscience concentration.

Members of the Department also participate in the MRI Research Facility, the Center for Vision Research, and several NIH and NIMH training grants for graduate and postdoctoral fellows studying neuroscience and vision sciences. The Department is also a major contributor to the Carney Institute for Brain Science, a multidisciplinary consortium of about ninety faculty from eleven departments that promotes collaborative theoretical and experimental studies of the brain.


We aspire to excellence and growth in research and teaching across the full spectrum of contemporary neuroscience. Our community thrives through its shared values: diversity, innovation, collaboration, and committed mentorship. We aim to create an environment that welcomes and nurtures all individuals for the advancement of neuroscience and the world at large.

Our Community

Faculty in Neuroscience are training the next generation of scholars while inspiring would-be scientists to join their ranks.
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Neuroscience research at Brown is dynamic and collaborative, spanning departments across the clinical and basic sciences and integrating knowledge across many fields of inquiry.
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The Department of Neuroscience at Brown strives to be an inclusive and equitable environment for faculty, students, and staff.
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