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Integrative Centers for Neuroscience Excellence

The launch of six new Integrative Centers for Neuroscience Excellence (ICNE) will bring different areas of research excellence into the forefront and highlight the specific strengths of UCLA's neuroscience activities. The UCLA neuroscience community is very large, and research is conducted within a number of schools, institutes, departments and organized research units (ORUs) which can make it difficult to envision how all the components contribute to the whole. The ICNE, by giving an institutional "face" to different areas of neuroscience, will remedy this situation by providing a focused profile highlighting the diverse activities of the neuroscience community to potential students and the public. The proposed ICNE represent communities of scientists who share an interest in similar topics or techniques, and correspond roughly to the focused areas of research (FARs) that guide curriculum options for the Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program for Neuroscience. Each ICNE will develop its own identity. Each will have its own website, and receive endowment support to organize symposia and seminars, as well as facilitate coordination and cooperation in its particular field. There are six Integrative Centers for Neuroscience Excellence. Two ICNE have launched (the Integrative Center for Learning and Memory, and the Integrative Center for Neurogenetics) and four are in the process of development. The next center to be launched will be the Integrative Center for Neural Repair and will represent research concentrations in neural development, degeneration and repair. Future ICNE will be concentrated on neuroimaging, synapses, cells and circuits, and addiction neurobiology.



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