Tackling big questions in neuroscience

Learn more about our academic programs, our award-winning faculty and our collaborative centers resulting in cutting-edge research.

Logo for the Society for NeuroscienceJoin us for the 13th Annual Research Symposium

Please join us on Friday, November 17th, from 12:30-6:00 p.m., for an enlightening event featuring a keynote address by Dr. Arshad Khanani, alongside engaging presentations by members of the neuroscience community. The program will also include informative poster presentations and refreshments.

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Training in fundamental concepts and methods emphasizing interdisciplinary and integrative approaches

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About the Institute

Learn more about our unique and collaborative Institute that combines award-winning researchers, cutting-edge facilities, and interdisciplinary degree programs to become one of the country's leaders in Neuroscience.

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Major in Neuroscience

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary major leading to a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience offering comprehensive training in brain sciences, with Psychology courses that offer a cognitive/systems perspective and Biology courses ranging from animal behavior to neurons and molecular mechanisms.

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Graduate degree program

The Neuroscience graduate program includes more than 60 faculty members from 10 University departments. Learn more about admission requirements, deadlines, program timelines, funding information and resources for student support.

Discover areas of expertise and meet the faculty within each area to find a research direction you love. 

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Research areas

Our neuroscience research faculty have expertise in have expertise in molecular/cellular, cognitive and computational neuroscience and are supported with state-of-the-art facilities.

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Participating faculty

Faculty are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive research and learning environment and work closely with doctoral students in our Integrative Neuroscience Graduate Program and undergraduates earning their B.S in neuroscience.


Achievements and announcements

Ryan Durbin is the first author on a paper published in the Journal of Neuroscience

Deconvolved z-projection of confocal images Durbin, a graduate student in the Integrative Neuroscience Program working with Dr. Robert Renden is the first author of a paper, Postsynaptic Calcium Extrusion at the Mouse Neuromuscular Junction Alkalinizes the Synaptic Cleft, which was published in the Journal of Neuroscience Aug. 9, 2023. The cover of the paper shows the deconvolved z-projection of confocal images (pictured above), which show the organization of plasma membrane Ca2+ ATPase (PMCA) localized near neuromuscular junctions at the mouse levator auris longus (LAL). Using immunohistochemistry, the researchers targeted vesicular acetylcholine transporter to mark the presynaptic motor nerve, nicotinic acetylcholine receptors to mark the postsynaptic endplate and PMCA.

Our impact

Nevada Today news stories from Integrative Neuroscience and the departments and centers that contribute to the program.

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Institute for Neuroscience hosts successful research retreat

Graduate students and faculty present research and discuss future plans at Granlibakken Resort in Lake Tahoe

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A major milestone in neuroscience research and teaching excellence

$5.3 million, NIH COBRE ‘Phase 3’ award will further advance the mission and impact of the University’s Center for Integrative Neuroscience

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NIH grant-funded research to look at how the brain processes visual stimuli

Researcher Jennifer Hoy hopes to better understand how the brain identifies stimuli as positive or negative, and the behaviors that follow.


Upcoming events

View upcoming neuroscience events, such as our seminar series, dissertation defense and more. 

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