Emory University is currently well positioned to attain international distinction for interdisciplinary and integrative studies of the nervous system. As part of the University's 10-year strategic plan (2005-2015), a major university-wide initiative was launched called Neuroscience, Human Nature, and Society. This Neurosciences Initiative builds on existing strengths, including a large and distributed neuroscience research effort, highly regarded neuroclinical services, an outstanding interdepartmental neuroscience graduate training program, and a robust undergraduate neuroscience major program.
The Neurosciences Initiative seeks to: 1) help answer fundamental questions about the nature of the human brain and mind; 2) create a new cross-cutting center for brain diseases that integrates clinical care, research, and education, while emphasizing translational research and disease prevention (the Comprehensive Neurosciences Center); and 3) explore the larger social implications of brain research advances. More than 400 faculty members from over two dozen departments and centers across the University are working today in basic or clinical neurosciences; studies span a gamut from nanoscale to behavioral studies in non-human primates to human ethics and spirituality. Collectively the faculty community provides training to many undergraduate and doctoral students, as well as clinical residents and post-doctoral fellows.
Integrating research, teaching, and health care across multiple professions and traditional administrative units is Emory's strategy to leverage its resources and capitalize on its highly collaborative culture, as well as the co-localization of all of its schools and departments on a single campus.