The Neurobiology Department, the first of its kind in the country, was established to bring together faculty of many disciplines including biochemistry, molecular biology, anatomy, physiology, and medicine, to study the development and function of the brain.
Our scientists now pursue basic research programs that strive to understand how complex neural circuits are shaped and reshaped during the development of the brain and in the adult brain to generate thoughts and memories, to process sensory information and to drive behavior. Our studies have direct bearing on neurological diseases such as neurodegeneration, disorders of cognitive function, epilepsy and disorders of sensory information processing, and offer insights into potential therapies.
The faculty, staff and students of the department have contributed breakthrough discoveries in neuroscience. We hope that this website will help you understand what makes the department an exciting place to learn, teach and work. Explore and enjoy!
In 2004, Harvard established the Center for Brain Science (CBS) within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. CBS brings neuroscientists together with physical scientists and engineers to develop new tools for neuroscience. Members are drawn from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Neurobiology at the Harvard Medical School, the School of Engineering, and the Harvard-affiliated hospitals.
The Harvard Brain Science (HBI) represents a "One Harvard" approach to coordinating and serving the neuroscience research, teaching and medical community as a whole.
Explore their site: brain.harvard.edu!
What happens to your body and brain as you sleep? Why would you transition from the wakeful state of consciousness, cognition, and vigor to a state that makes you vulnerable and seemingly unproductive? But what exactly is happening during sleep that provides benefit to us? And how does the brain quickly and reversibly switch between wakefulness and sleep? These are some of the questions Dragana Rogulja, PhD, is working to answer.
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