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Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program


Upcoming Events

Elucidating the role of post-translational modifications in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease and related disorders: An integrative chemical biology approach

Dr. Hilal A. Lashuel is an Associate professor of life sciences, and the director of the laboratory of molecular and chemical biology of neurodegeneration at the Brain Mind Institute, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne.

Monday, April 4, 2012, 12 p.m.

Place: Memorial Union,Atrium 2

• Lecture on Elucidating the role of post-translational modifications in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease and related disorders: An integrative chemical biology approach.

A light lunch will be served at 11:45AM in Memorial Union, Atrium 2


Recent Events

Small Electrodes with Big Potential

Imagine if we could detect and stop seizures before they occur. University of Rhode Island Engineering Professor, Dr. Walter Besio has developed an innovative sensor technology (patents pending) that could potentially accomplish this feat noninvasively. Known as concentric electrodes, these metal sensors about the size of a dime sit on the scalp and monitor brainwaves. Join us to learn more about these small electrodes and the big potential they carry for all of us.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 5:30-7p.m.

Biotechnology Lecture Room (Room 302)
Shepard Building
Providence Campus

Dr. Walter Besio is the CEO of CREmedical Corp., a Rhode Island medical device startup company that develops innovative instrumentation for diagnosing and treating neurological disorders. Dr. Besio's CREmedical team was a recipient of the NSF's inaugural I-Corps grant. Dr. Besio also holds an Associate Professor position at the University of Rhode Island (URI) Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering Department. He is cofounder, and on the Executive Committee, of the URI Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program. His research has been funded by the NIH, NSF, RI STAC, The Rhode Island Foundation, and The Matty Fund, among others.  


Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program

Celebrate URI’s new Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program. Join David M. Dooley, President, Donald H. DeHayes, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Nasser H. Zawia, Dean of the Graduate School and Director of the INP, for these special events.

Thursday, December 1, 2011, 12 p.m.
Mental Health: A Conversation with
Congressman Patrick Kennedy

Memorial Union Ballroom
Kingston Campus

Open to the public.
Beverages and desserts will be provided.


Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy is a champion for mental health and neurological research, and for improved care for veterans with brain injuries and psychological disorders.  He is co-founder of One Mind for Research (, a national coalition seeking new treatments for brain based diseases.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 3 p.m.
Launch of the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program
• Neuroscience Student Research Showcase
• Lecture by Patrick Aebischer, President, École Polytechnique
Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland: “Viral Vectors and
Neurodegenerative Diseases”

University Club
Kingston Campus

RSVP by December 2: or 401.874.9455

Patrick Aebischer is global leader, renowned neuroscientist, and educator. President of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, he is a recognized leader in the area of gene therapy for brain diseases.

Sponsored by the URI Office of the Provost and the URI Graduate School; co-sponsored by the Distinguished International Speakers Series



The Program

The Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program (INP) offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, or a Certificate in the Neurosciences. The program provides broad instruction across several neuroscience disciplines and gives students an opportunity to focus on a specific area of specialization.

Executive Committee Organizational Chart



Request for Proposals Rhode Island Neuroscience Collaborative Pilot Study Awards - Deadline for Applications: April15, 2014