Why Study Neuroscience?

The past two decades have witnessed spectacular conceptual and methodological advances in the biomedical/biobehavioral sciences, and especially in neuroscience. Developments in molecular biology, developmental and cell biology, neuroimaging, computer modeling, and the cognitive sciences have offered unprecedented insights to fundamental problems in the neurosciences. Significant steps are now being taken toward elucidating genetic and environmental disease mechanisms. New areas for fruitful investigation are developing, and scientists from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines meet at the frontiers.

The neuroscience community is poised for a quantum leap in the understanding of the biological substrates of phenomena that have provoked philosophical and scientific inquiry for thousands of years, including language, memory, emotional processing, social conduct, personality, decision-making, planning and judgment.

 

10x of a drosophila brain stained for the pigment dispersing factor (PDF) positive neurons which regulate circadian rhythm. (below) A 40x close up on

the branching and boutons of the PDF positive neurons in both the optic lobes – Image by Neuroscience student Arianna Lark


 

“The University of Iowa is a great place to attend graduate school.  The scientific community is friendly and collaborative, and the Neuroscience program works to create a supportive community among its students.  It's relatively easy to live within a short commute to the University.  Iowa City is also a lot of fun.  I live within walking distance of downtown and everything it has to offer, so I frequent the Farmer's Market, the public library, and favorite restaurants.  ”