Overview

The establishment of the Neuroscience Center at Dartmouth (NCD) in 2002 has produced a new and unique interdisciplinary group whose mission is to foster collaborative and interactive research and education in the neurosciences. The NCD draws from the strengths in three key areas: Clinical, Cognitive & Behavioral, and Molecular/Cellular/Systems Neuroscience. It is the vision of its researchers to produce and disseminate new knowledge, and in doing so train and educate the next generation of neuroscientists. Interactions among members of the neuroscience community are enhanced and foster a highly interactive atmosphere through the development of this integrated Center. By promoting multidisciplinary efforts in both basic and applied research, the Center's scientists will contribute to human health and well being by increasing our understanding of the mechanisms underlying nervous system function, both in health and disease. This will lead to valuable discoveries that translate into novel pharmaceutical agents and therapeutic approaches for the treatment of a variety of central nervous system diseases and disorders.

The NCD Advisory Board assists with the Center's initiatives and goals. Over 100 faculty members from 18 departments participate, encompassing the College of Arts and Sciences, Dartmouth Medical School, the Thayer School of Engineering. The research facilities are located in Hanover, NH, Lebanon, NH (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center) and the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, Vt. Research interests comprise a broad range of studies within the neurosciences and provide a wide range of research opportunities for students. In addition, the NCD augments the education of residents and fellow at the clinical level who have academic neuroscience interests.

Summer Research Fellowships

The NCD provides student research fellowships for DMS medical students to support stipends for neuroscience-related summer research projects with NCD members.

Training Opportunities in Neuroscience

Undergraduate Minor/Major in Neuroscience
The Minor in Neuroscience is administered by the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and is overseen by the Neuroscience Oversight Committee [For 2006-2007: Professors Jeffrey Taube (PBS), chair; David Bucci (PBS); Leslie Henderson (Physiology)].

The Major in Neuroscience's central mission is to encourage students to work closely with sponsoring faculty to learn experimental methods in neuroscience.

Graduate Training - Training toward a Ph.D. with a neuroscience concentration exists through the Neuroscience Track within the Program in Experimental and Molecular Medicine (PEMM)

Neuroscience Day at Dartmouth

Neuroscience Day at Dartmouth is an annual event focusing on basic and clinical neuroscience research contributions at Dartmouth. The day-long event provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about the basic and clinical research being conducted by Dartmouth faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students through oral presentations, a poster session, and a keynote lecture.

Collaborative/Translational Support

In the spring of 2003, the Neuroscience Center at Dartmouth initiated a mechanism to support new, internal collaborative and translational neuroscience-related projects proposed by NCD faculty members. The purpose of these awards is to stimulate new interactive projects that are likely to become self-sustaining through external funding mechanisms.

New Hampshire Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience

The New Hampshire Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience provides a professional setting and forum for nurturing and enhancing Neuroscience careers.