ICoN - Interdisciplinary Training in Computational, Cognitive, and Systems Neuroscience

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The Interdisciplinary Training in Computational, Cognitive, and Systems Neuroscience (ICoN) is a pre-doctoral program in computational cognitive neuroscience. Funds from this program will support the training of advanced pre-doctoral candidates who are capable of applying a combination of empirical and theoretical approaches that decisively addresses their scientific questions about the mind and brain. Training a generation of such scientists holds great promise for making transformative gains in our understanding of mental health and brain diseases and disorders.

Co-Principal Investigators

  • David Badre is a leader in computational cognitive neuroscience, using human neuroscience methods from fMRI to ECoG to test mechanistic theories of the human mind and brain.
  • Michael Frank is a leading computational neuroscientist who has extensive experience in bridging different levels of analysis and description in computational theory, and testing these with empirical tests both in humans and in animal models. He has also used this computational approach to study how brain-behavior relationships are altered as a function of disease and treatments, helping to develop the burgeoning field of computational psychiatry and neurology.
  • Christopher Moore is a leader in systems neuroscience, studying circuit level computations in animal models. Going back to his own graduate training, Moore has long worked to bridge his research in animals with fMRI and MEG studies in humans, including by using biophysically realistic computational modeling.

ICoN includes 33 trainers from six academic departments and two clinical departments at Brown University.


To qualify for this cross-training program, students must have completed at least two years of their graduate studies at Brown University and propose a project that will span experimental models or approaches and  benefits from different disciplines. 

Qualifying students will receive a two-year grant. ICoN encompasses:

  • Six Ph.D. programs, including: Applied Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering, Biostatistics, Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences, Computer Science, and Neuroscience.
  • Thirty-two trainers from eight departments, including the six aforementioned programs and Neurosurgery and Psychiatry and Human Behavior.
  • Up to seven student slots. International students may apply. 

How do I apply?

Nominations will be accepted in the spring semester prior to appointments.

For more information, download this presentation about the ICoN training program, or contact Kristin Webster