Neuroscience is one of the most exciting and intensive areas of investigation around the world. Neuroscientists come from a variety of disciplines but collectively are interested in studying how the nervous system is organized, and how it functions. This line of research has advanced our understanding of nervous system development, neural function, injuries of the nervous system, mental health, and disease processes. Understanding the brain requires a multifaceted approach with contributions from biology, biochemistry, computer sciences, electrical, biomedical, and chemical engineering, neurology, neurosurgery, pharmacology, physics, physiology, psychology, psychiatry, and radiology. At URI, neuroscience research activity is concentrated in four major areas: dementia and aging, central nervous system disorders, cellular neurobiology, and neural engineering. Within these broad areas, researchers at the university are diligently working to answer key questions about Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Down's syndrome, epilepsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, executive functions, motor speech, spinal cord injuries, schizophrenia, cognitive communication, artificial limbs, and chronic pain. In addition to applied and translational neuroscience, faculty members at URI are also engaged in studies on behavior of early evolved systems such as hydra, and fish sensory systems.
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.
Professor Lisa Weyandt was awarded the 2012 Faculty Research Excellence Award in the Social Sciences for Advanced Career Faculty