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Neuroscience at The University of Chicago

The University of Chicago boasts a rich and pioneering history in the field of neuroscience. From its early days as a hotbed of comparative anatomy to its cutting-edge research on brain function and behavior, the University has consistently pushed the boundaries of our understanding of the mind.

The UChicago was founded in 1892, and that very same year, Harold Donaldson started a Neuroscience program that emphasized the study of brain structure and function in different species. This laid the foundation for the American School of Comparative Anatomy, a pioneering group of researchers who sought to understand the relationship between brain evolution and behavior.

The Neuroscience Institute 

Research in neuroscience at The University of Chicago is a multi-disciplinary endeavor, spanning a diverse range of topics and techniques from molecules and cells to neural circuits and behavior. Our community of neuroscientists includes more than 90 faculty members based in many academic and clinical departments, all of which are located on the Hyde Park campus — a key feature of our institution which facilitates interactions among researchers and scholars with diverse interests, backgrounds, and approaches.

Our faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers are engaged in uncovering the principles by which the nervous system is organized, defining the mechanisms of perception and behavior, and developing the next generation of treatments for neurological disease and mental illness.

Upcoming Events

NIDA T32 Seminar: Kathryn A. Cunningham, PhD
April 19th, 2024 | 11:00 a.m.
Neuroscience Student Talks: Stas Sorokina and Zulfar Ghulam-Jelani
April 22nd, 2024 | 12:00 p.m.
Neuroscience Seminar Series: Sergiu P. Pasca, MD
April 23rd, 2024 | 11:00 a.m.
AAIC Neuroscience Next: Emrah Duzel, PhD
April 25th, 2024 | 9:00 a.m.
Upcoming Neuroscience Symposia

Neuroscience NextUChicago in-person event:

Thursday, April 25th, 9:00 am
David Rubenstein Forum

Emrah Duzel, PhD
University College London

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Friday, May 3rd, 10:00 amNSCI Undergraduate Symposium

The Symposium showcases research from the class of 2024’s Neuroscience Bachelor of Science students.


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