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.

“What convinced me to attend Iowa was the Neuroscience Program. There's a deep commitment to neuroscience research at the University of Iowa, and it's reflected in the strength of the Neuroscience Program. Annually, it's ranked as one of the highest doctoral programs at the university, and the ongoing research conducted by the faculty and students is excellent. The interdisciplinary aspect of the program is tremendous for one's graduate education. There's a conflux of molecular/cellular, cognitive, systems, and behavioral research in the program and it really allows each student in the program to gain a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge in the field of neuroscience. But, the program was also attractive to me for reasons outside of the curriculum and research. From the moment I arrived on campus, the program has felt like a family. Students help each other out, and offer a great support system. And after several years of being in the program, I can undoubtedly say, Iowa was the perfect choice for me.”