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Director's Message

The Neurobiology of Disease program at Mayo Graduate School is affiliated with the departments of Neuroscience, Neurology and Neurosurgery and offers training for graduate students in a broad range of academic and clinical laboratories conducting cutting-edge research with a focus on translating research findings to the clinic for the benefit of patients.

With a focus in neurodegeneration and neuroregeneration, the Neurobiology of Disease program takes advantage of world-renowned faculty at Mayo Clinic campuses in Jacksonville, Fla.; Rochester, Minn.; and Scottsdale, Ariz.

Based in Jacksonville, the Department of Neuroscience provides a stimulating environment with a focus on neurodegeneration research. In association with the Neurology and Neurosurgery faculty in Rochester, we provide a unique, interdisciplinary, educational experience for students in the program.

Students can freely choose from labs at all Mayo campuses, and in doing so receive unparalleled instruction from top neuroscientists in subjects as diverse as neurodegeneration, neuroregeneration, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics, imaging, behavior, neuropathology, virology, pharmacology, stem cells and transplantation, deep brain stimulation, and clinical studies.

Research emphases in the Neurobiology of Disease program include, but are not limited to:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Neurogenetics
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal cord injury and repair
  • Neural regeneration
  • Non-Alzheimer's disease dementias
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Neuroengineering
  • Neuroimaging

State-of-the-art human and small-animal model systems, stem cell biology, whole-genome sequencing, magnetic resonance imaging, scanning electron microscopy, wireless deep brain stimulation in human patients, tissue engineering, neural stem cell transplantation, and neuropathological imaging are highlights of our neuroscience training program that encompasses an incredible diversity of experimental models, techniques and paradigms.

Our students and faculty publish at the highest levels, our graduate students go on to successful postdoctoral and faculty positions, and our scientific endeavors have made and continue to make a very real impact at the bench and in the clinic.

  • Nov 13, 2013
  • ART931408