The Next Frontier in Biomedical Science: Understanding the Human Brain

The Next Frontier in Biomedical Science: Understanding the Human Brain

Our program of advanced study of the nervous system prepares doctoral students for careers in independent research and teaching in neurobiology. We seek to provide intensive training in one particular approach to neurobiological research, while also providing a strong background in other areas of neurobiology. We promote collaborative research efforts among the different disciplines to maximize the interdisciplinary nature of the student's education.

Baylor College of Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation in funding for neuroscience research from the National Institutes of Health.

We have state-of-the-art research facilities for molecular neurobiology, neurochemistry, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, biophysics, behavioral neuroscience, optical imaging, functional human brain imaging and computer science.

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Our interdisciplinary faculty includes basic scientists and clinicians applying multiple levels of analysis including biochemical, molecular, cellular, physiological, systems and theoretical approaches to investigate brain function.

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Your fellow students will be your first scientific colleagues. Our students have diverse backgrounds and interests.

Neuroscience News

Connecting Zika virus, hereditary microcephaly

Understanding how Zika virus causes microcephaly would hint at possibilities for preventing this irreparable condition in newborns. Heading in that direction, a collaboration between Baylor College of Medicine and the University of California, San Francisco has revealed interesting insights into the interactions between Zika virus proteins and host proteins, including human proteins.

credit: Cell Reports, Dec. 2018/Arenkiel lab
Putting mind, heart together opens window into adult brain

Despite rapid advances in the field of neuroscience, only a limited number of cell types in the brain are known and well characterized. In this study, researchers described an innovative approach that identified novel cellular targets and genetic pathways involved in the wiring of adult-born neurons into brain circuits. Baylor graduate student Burak Tepe was one of the primary authors of this paper.

Making moves, memories, are they connected?

Baylor researchers have found the first direct evidence that the cerebellum does more than just control muscle activity. It also plays a role in cognitive functions.

Sample size matters in multisensory integration studies

The accuracy and reproducibility of research studies are a major concern of the scientific community. Baylor researchers are examining this problem in the field of multisensory integration to understand how it affects both basic research and the development of therapies.

He said/she said about body weight control

When male and female mice eat the same high-fat diet, the males gain significantly more weight than the females. The reasons for this difference between sexes are not completely understood, but Baylor's Dr. Yong Xu and his colleagues propose that part of the answer may be in the brain.

Research links Tau aggregates, cell death in Alzheimer’s

New evidence suggests a mechanism by which progressive accumulation of Tau protein in brain cells may lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

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