The goal of the Ph.D. program in Translational Neuroscience is to graduate outstanding scientists who possess a strong background in the fundamental and applied concepts in molecular, cellular and systems neurobiology, developmental neuroscience, neuroimaging and neuropsychopharmacology as they relate to neuropsychiatric disorders.
This distinctive orientation fosters the development of outstanding research scientists who are able to link advances in basic neuroscience toward the assessment and treatment of clinical problems.
This program creates a unique environment in which the trainee is exposed to an integrated syllabus of basic science, preclinical research, and clinical neurobiology, including cutting-edge neuroimaging technologies. In general, concepts of nervous system structure and function are presented not only as they interrelate as basic disciplines, but also as they relate to clinical neuroscience.
This multidisciplinary and translational neuroscience graduate training program will help to promote new collaborations for faculty scientists and student trainees, thereby enhancing the academic environment and laying the groundwork for subsequent funding.
Wayne State University has become recognized and distinguished in the state of Michigan, in part, because many doctors and scientists who train at WSU remain in the local community and state. This means that WSU translational neuroscience has an extremely important role to play because the knowledge imparted during graduate training is likely to stay nearby where patients with nervous system disorders, and their families, can receive the benefits of scientific advances. This is consistent with the university’s mission to serve the community.