In July 2014, the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, in collaboration with the VCRE, instituted a Neuroscience Strategic Planning Task Force charged with developing a strategic vision for neuroscience on the UMA campus. A Neuroscience Initiative Strategic Plan (link here) was completed in 2015, and in February 2016, a Neuroscience Summit was held to invite wide participation in furthering this vision and to expand connections to UMass Medical School (UMMS) and industry. University-wide activities, such as a Joint UMA-UMMS Neuroscience Research Retreat held in May 2016, continue in order to implement the objectives of this plan.
To learn more about neuroscience at UMass, download the Neuroscience Initiative Strategic Plan.
Neuroscience Summit 2016
Planning for the future of Neuroscience research and training at UMass Amherst
February 8-9 2016
Hosted by CNS, the Neuroscience Summit was an opportunity for the neuroscience research community of scholars, students and administrators from this campus, the Five Colleges, and the UMass Medical School to gather together to discuss opportunities for advancing neuroscience research and training at the university and beyond. This two-day program included presentations by UMass faculty and preeminent visiting neuroscientists and offered opportunities for discussion and input among attendees.
- UMass Amherst Neuroscience Summit 2016 Intro, with speakers Katherine Newman, Steve Goodwin, and Sally Powers
- Neuroendocrinology, with speakers Luke Remage-Healey and Joseph Bergan
- Circuits, Computation and Cognition, with speakers David Moorman and Rosie Cowell
- Neuroscience of Development and Aging, with speakers Jennifer McDermott and Agnès Lacreuse
- Models of Brain Dysfunction and Disease, with speakers Gerald Downes, Mariana Pereira, and Rebecca Ready
- Introduction of UMass Medical School Neuroscience, with speakers Michael Malone and José Lemos
- The Future of Neuroscience, with speakers Gregory Ball, Sheri Berenbaum, Marvin Chun, and Philip Haydon
The Neuroscience and Behavior Graduate Program is an interdepartmental graduate degree-granting academic unit that brings together faculty members from various departments to provide cutting-edge research training. The UMass Neurosicence track provides undergraduate students with a specialized set of courses and experiences in neuroscience.