The interdisciplinary research programs of Yale neuroscience faculty are central to Yale's Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (INP). This unique, broad-based training program is best described as a "department without walls," with the primary purpose of providing students with a maximum of diversity and depth in the most important areas of neuroscience research. The training program draws on the knowledge and expertise of more than 100 faculty members, representing 20+ departments in both the Faculty of Arts and Science and the School of Medicine, ranging from psychiatry to pharmacology, from cell biology to computer science. Although each faculty member has strong department affiliations, the INP Faculty functions as a cohesive and collaborative unit whose aim is to foster in graduate students an appreciation of and familiarity with the breadth of neuroscience and to create an environment in which students are encouraged to study problems from several perspectives.
The INP seeks to produce neuroscientists with both specialized knowledge and a broad-based understanding of the discipline. This is accomplished in part through a core curriculum which is designed to ensure a comprehensive understanding of modern neuroscience. Students complete at least two laboratory rotations in different areas of neuroscience. These basic requirements, in addition to bi-weekly journal clubs, a seminar series and an annual research retreat, expose students to the multi-disciplinary nature of the field in a highly interactive environment.
A failure to diversify clinical trial participation could endanger scientific research’s ability to represent a diverse population; standard practices in neuroimaging were shown to exclude marginalized populations from participating.
Across the brain sciences, institutions and individuals have begun to actively acknowledge and address the presence of racism, bias, and associated barriers to inclusivity within our community. However, even with these recent calls to action, limited attention has been directed to inequities in the research methods and analytic approaches we use. The very process of science, including how we recruit, the methodologies we utilize and the analyses we conduct, can have marked downstream effects on the equity and generalizability of scientific discoveries across the global population.
Yale INP second year, April Pruitt, has won one of nine pre and postdoc fellowships nationwide.
INP Professor Nenad Sestan's new publication in Nature identifies key changes in gene expression and structure within the developing human brain that make it unique.
Damon Clark, a faculty member at the INP, explains his research about how animals extract information from visual patterns in the natural world and how it might help us understand the human mind.
While it’s always an honor to be celebrated for one’s achievements by one’s peers, it’s especially meaningful to be recognized by the people who knew you when you were just starting your scientific studies
Even before the onset of schizophrenia, irregularities in key brain areas are already present in individuals at higher risk of developing psychosis, a Yale-led study shows.
Driven by scientific curiosity and humanitarian concern, clinical neuroscientist Alan Anticevic, PhD and other Yale researchers are trying to understand the mechanisms of the brain in a deeper, more systematic way for the benefit of people with mental health problems.
An investigation of blood flow network in the brain has revealed some surprising behavior of vessels during stroke, according to Yale researchers
The work of Joy Hirsch, PhD is featured in an Associated Press article on the White House BRAIN Initiative. Hirsch is professor of psychiatry, of comparative medicine and of neurobiology at Yale School of Medicine.