Courses on the Neurobiology of Disease

This initiative supported the creation or the significant expansion of courses for neuroscience graduate students. "Neurobiology of disease" refers to basic genetic, molecular, and cellular mechanisms that underlie a wide range of neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases and disorders. The courses are designed to foster an understanding of the links between basic science, disease-oriented research, and translational research. The courses offer a foundation of knowledge in critical areas of basic and clinical neuroscience.

Nancy Desmond, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Research Training and Career
Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
(301) 443-3107

Twelve institutions received grants to develop courses. Below is a list of the 12 grantees with contact information and links to websites (if available) that offer access to the developed curriculum. These sites offer PowerPoint presentations, videos of patient interviews, links to journal articles, links to disorder related resources such as support organizations and voluntary groups, webcasts of lecture presentations, syllabi, and additional course materials.

Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX 77030
Course Director: Dr. Jeffrey Noebels
Phone: (713) 798-5830

Brandeis University
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
Course Director: Dr. Sacha B. Nelson
Phone: (781) 736-3181

Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
Course Director: Dr. Karen N. Gale
Phone: (202) 687-1062

Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC 29425
Course Director: Dr. Jacqueline F. McGinty
Phone: (843) 792-9036

Meharry Medical College
Nashville, TN 37208
Course Director: Dr. Lee E. Limbird
Phone: (615) 327-6703

Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, OR 97201
Course Director: Dr. Gary L. Westbrook
Phone: (503) 494-5429

University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0934
Course Director: Dr. Neal R. Swerdlow
Phone: (619) 543- 6270

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
Course Director: Dr. Peg Nopoulos
Phone: (319) 335-9968

University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40536
Course Director: Dr. James W. Geddes
Phone: (859) 323-5135

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Course Director: Dr. Marc A. Dichter
Phone: (215) 349-5166

University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7290
Course Director: Dr. Marc D. Binder
Phone: (206) 543-2509

Yale University
New Haven, CT 06508
Course Director: Dr. George R. Heninger
Phone: (203) 974-7778