One of the most exciting and dynamic fields of modern science worldwide is Neuroscience, the study of how the nervous system is organized and how it functions. The field of Neuroscience encompasses many disciplines, including biology, biochemistry, computer sciences, electrical engineering (neural modeling of neural networks and biomedical instrumentation), neurology, neurosurgery, pharmacology, physics, physiology, psychology, psychiatry, and radiology. Neuroscientists have advanced our understanding of nervous system development, neural function, injuries of the nervous system, and disease processes. At the University of Missouri (MU), scientists in the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program (INP) investigate the molecular and cellular organization of the nervous system, the structure and function of neural systems, behaviors generated by the nervous system, and neurological diseases and disorders. MU is one of the nation’s most complete institutions of higher education, with its 18 schools or colleges on a single campus.
Neuroscience research at the University of Missouri includes a network of over 50 faculty who perform basic and clinical research in the departments of biochemistry, biological engineering, biological sciences, neurology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, physiology, psychological sciences, psychiatry, and veterinary biomedicine. These investigators study many different aspects of the nervous system, ranging from human behavior to the operation of neural networks to the molecular mechanisms of neural function. They examine, for example, how the precise wiring of the nervous system develops, how interactions between neurons regulate sensory processing and generation of rhythmic motor output, mediate baroreception and cardiac function, the mechanisms of neural regeneration in response to injury, cognitive aspects of the nervous system, and the underpinnings of learning and memory. Students admitted to this program can choose their thesis mentor from among this diverse faculty.
Established in 2001, the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program seeks to
- Promote basic and clinical research that investigates the molecular and cellular organization of the nervous system, the function of neural systems including vision and hearing, behaviors generated by the brain, and neurological diseases and disorders.
- Provide a broad and yet individualized training experience required for our graduates to succeed in future careers in academic research and teaching institutions, industry, and scientific publication.
- Facilitate the creative exchange of ideas among MU’s neuroscience community to stimulate new forms of interdisciplinary research and teaching.