Forward-Looking Research Programs
The multidisciplinary Graduate Program in Neurosciences at the University of Kansas offers students broadly based training in neuroscience and advanced training in the specialized area in which a student plans to carry out his or her research. The program is a collaborative effort of faculty members from disciplines such as Anatomy and Cell Biology, Human Development, Medicinal Chemistry, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Molecular Biosciences, Occupational Therapy, Otolaryngology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Experimental Therapeutics, Psychology, and Speech, Language, and Hearing. In addition, many of the scientists and faculty in this program are members of two major University research centers, the Life Span Studies Institute (LSI), which includes the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, and the Higuchi Biosciences Center(HBC). In addition, some of the faculty are members of the Stowers Institute, a major research institute in developmental, molecular and cell biology.
The LSI focuses on interdisciplinary research in behavioral sciences with special emphasis on behavioral biology, behavioral genetics, behavioral pharmacology, cognitive neurosciences, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, neurotoxicology, speech and language development, and hearing sciences. Participating faculty members study potential behavioral and pharmacologic interventions for developmental disabilities, drug-induced behavioral anomalies such as dyskinesias, the neurobiological mechanisms underlying self-injurious behavior, and many others. The HBC focuses on interdisciplinary research in the biomedical sciences with special emphasis on molecular and cellular neurobiology, neurogenetics, biological bases of addictions, neuropharmacology and neurotoxicology, neuroimmunology, and developmental neurobiology.
These well-established opportunities for interdisciplinary research training in the behavioral, biological, chemical, and pharmaceutical aspects of the neurosciences provide great breadth in an array of disciplines that students may draw upon in designing their areas of focus to fit their career plans.