Studying Neuroscience, Behavior, and Cognition will allow students to participate in the exciting progress in understanding the nervous system at any level, from molecular to systems. Students will develop an appreciation for the relationship between basic neuroscience research, translational research, and clinical research by directly participating in one of these areas.

The program is supported by the Stanford Neurosciences Institute (https://neuroscience.stanford.edu/) and comprised of faculty from 17 basic science and clinical departments. The approximately 140 faculty members work in all the major areas within neuroscience, including: systems/behavioral neuroscience, cellular and molecular neuroscience, developmental neuroscience, electrophysiology, plasticity and neurodegenerative disease, translational and clinical research.

Neuroscience is an area that lends itself to interdisciplinary collaboration, and this emphasis is expanding. The application of basic science research to the advancement of medicine and improved care of patients with neurological disease is central to NIS. Students will have the opportunity to be exposed to many areas within neuroscience, supplementing their primary research focus. The goal of the Concentration is to bring medical students into the research endeavor by close interaction with the faculty who are engaged in this process.