Grant: $41,118 - National Institutes of Health - Sep. 9, 2009
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Award Description: The the Systems Training Grant (STG) is a predoctoral training program in systems neuroscience, now in its 34th year. The objective of the program is to produce innovative, intellectually critical, and experimentally skilled scientists equipped for basic and applied research in the neurosciences. No field is more interdisciplinary than neuroscience. Accordingly, the STG draws its faculty from three departments: Biology, Psychology, and Human Physiology. Faculty research specialties cover essentially all levels of organization in the nervous system: synaptic physiology and development; learning and memory; and neural networks in model invertebrates, rodents, and humans. Despite their diverse departmental origins, members of the training faculty and their students are united by the common goal of understanding how the nervous system controls behavior. The training program emphasizes practical research experience in vigorous, well-funded laboratories followed by publication in peer-reviewed journals. Laboratory experience is complemented by required and elective course work, together with immersion of trainees in a research community knitted together by seminars, retreats, group meetings, and journal clubs. The STG program has 20 active training faculty members, up from 13 just five years ago. This growth reflects the expansion of the neurosciences and allied disciplines under the umbrella of a new initiative at the University that combines genetics, genomics, and proteomics with powerful imaging tools to accelerate our understanding of the brain and biological information processing. Funds are requested to directly support the education of 6 predoctoral trainees out of a population of eligible students that currently stands at 50 but is estimated to increase by 20% over the next several years as the laboratories of 6 new faculty members mature. Relevance. The overarching objective of systems neuroscience is to understand how the nervous system controls behavior. This is a basic research question with significant implications for health, for mental illness and neurological dysfunction are, ultimately, a diseases of behavior. Understanding how the healthy brain produces normal behavior is a prerequisite for ameliorating the effects of such diseases.
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