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Doctoral Neuroscience Program

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Expanding the Borders of Education

The UW Neuroscience Program offers an interdepartmental education and research experience leading to the Ph.D. degree in neuroscience. Our goal is to is provide students with the necessary background to be broadly trained research neuroscientists. Special strengths of the program are faculty commitment to student education and research training and highly individualized programs of research and study. Faculty assistance and research facilities are readily available to meet the needs of individual students.

A particular emphasis of the program is the utilization of novel mammalian and nonmammalian species for neurobiological studies. Student and faculty members work employs diverse methodology, including neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, western blots and coimmunoprecepitation, immunohistochemistry, and various behavioral test procedures. Student-faculty interactions are fostered through the weekly seminar in Neuroscience.


UW Neuroscience receives $5 million NIH Grant

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the UW Neuroscience Center a five year, $5.1 Million grant (2011-2016).  The P30 Center Core grant will support Career Development, Pilot Research Projects (for assembling preliminary data for grants), the Graduate Neuroscience Program, and the Microscopy Core.

"The Neuroscience Center investigators work on interrelated projects that seek to understand how experience shapes neuronal function and synaptic connections during the life span of the animal, and how normal function may be reversed by neurodegenerative diseases and aging,"  Neuroscience Center Director Professor Francis (Bill) Flynn says. The overall scientific objective is to utilize a multi-pronged and interdisciplinary approach to address common themes in neurodegeneration and aging, neuroplasticity, and chronic pain."

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Zhaojie Zhang
Dr. Zhaojie Zhang, director of the Microscopy Core Facility, received the College of Arts & Sciences, Exemplary Faculty Award. Dr. Zhang teaches core courses in confocal and electron microscopy, and collaborates with multiple neuroscience faculty on their imaging needs.
Dr. Bill Flynn delivers the 2014 Presidential Address.

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