History of the Neuroscience Initiative

The Neuroscience Initiative (Neuroscience, Human Nature, and Society) is part of Emory University's strategic plan: Where Courageous Inquiry Leads: 2005 - 2015.

One of the plan's central themes, "Exploring New Frontiers in Science and Technology," recognizes that radical changes will occur in science and technology in the 21st century, with dramatic impact on the world and the human condition.

Emory's Neuroscience Initiative aims to help lead these changes in the following ways:

  1. 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 Neuroscience Center within the Woodruff Health Sciences Center);
  3. Explore the larger social implications of brain research advances.

The initiative will build on existing strengths throughout the University, 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.

Neuroscientist Dennis W. Choi, renowned for groundbreaking research on brain and spinal cord injury, was recruited in August 2007 to lead both the Neuroscience, Human Nature and Society Initiative for the University and the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Comprehensive Neuroscience Center.

Neurosciences in Action

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