Faculty from multiple departments work to advance our understanding of the function of neural circuits, using genetic, molecular, and cellular approaches as a foundation. Work in this area includes brain development, as well as brain function in health and disease. Research is driven by new genetic technologies that allow us to visualize and control the activity of neurons within specific brain circuits that in turn control behaviors; and human genetic studies in collaboration with clinical departments. The Center for Neurobiology of Cells and Circuits includes faculty that produce vital knowledge to advance the understanding and treatment of autism, neurodegeneration including Alzheimer's and ALS, chronic pain, psychiatric illness, migraine, addiction, and epilepsy.
Brown has several areas of excellence in neuroscience: cellular and molecular neurobiology, neural circuits, sensation and perception, cognition and behavior, computation in mind and brain, and neuroengineering and neurotechnology. Each builds on Brown's national and international reputation, and brings together faculty from many departments at Brown. Students in the Neuroscience Graduate Program frequently conduct research that spans several of these areas.