Since its inception in 1991 the Brain Sciences Center has been dedicated to the education and training of prospective scientists in order to carry on its mission of advancing scientific research and working toward uncovering the seemingly infinite mysteries of the brain. To that end, many postdoctoral fellows, as well as medical, graduate, undergraduate and high school students have come from all over the world to study and train at the Brain Sciences Center. The scientific research methods and topics range from neurophysiology to functional brain imaging, from experimental psychology to supercomputer modeling.
The education, training and pursuit of cutting-edge scientific work has made the Brain Sciences Center an exciting place to work and advance brain research. The work experience here covers a wide variety of activities including national and international collaborations of Center faculty and staff, seminars by neuroscience experts from the United States and abroad, and organization of international meetings.
All scientific staff (8 professors, 3 research associates, 1 research fellow, 9 postdoctoral associates) have academic appointments at the University of Minnesota. A unique feature of the Center is the integration across many scientific disciplines, University of Minnesota departments, and graduate programs. The departments represented at the Brain Sciences Center include Neuroscience, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Psychology. The graduate programs represented (6 graduate students) are in Neuroscience, Psychology, and Scientific Computation. The expertise of the Center faculty covers a broad range of the brain sciences, including Neurophysiology, Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Motor Control & Learning, Functional Brain Imaging, Magnetoencephalography, Supercomputer Modeling and Single Cell Recording.
In addition, many faculty and staff members have medical training in neurology, psychiatry and clinical psychology. The result is a vibrant, highly interactive group that relentlessly pursues brain research in single cell neurophysiology, functional neuroimaging, and large scale computer modeling of normal brain function and its disturbance in psychiatric disease and neurological disorders.
Accompanied by Drs. Celia Wolk Gershenson and Herb Pick from the Center for Cognitive Sciences, students in the Research Experience for Undergraduates Program visited the Brain Sciences Center on July 22nd, 2005. They were treated to presentations on MEG, fMRI and sonification by Apostolos P. Georgopoulos, Patricia Pardo, Scott Lewis and Roger Dumas.
This intensive ten-week program is open to up to 24 undergraduates who plan to or are considering research oriented graduate studies in the behavioral sciences, cognitive sciences, and mental health. The University of Minnesota offers students an ideal opportunity to explore their future options in an intellectually challenging and socially rewarding context. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Minnesota.
Brain Science Center research displayed at VAMC Research Day
The annual Research Day, at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, allows VA and BSC scientists an opportunity to display their latest projects, in poster form, and share and discuss their work with fellow researchers, clinicians, staff and the general public.