Scholarly Concentration: Neuroscience, Behavior, and Cognition


Danielle DeSouza, PhD

Eric Gross, MD

David Yeomans, PhD

Objectives and Goals

Neuroscience, Behavior and Cognition is an Application area in the Scholarly Concentration program that promotes investigation in all areas of neuroscience: systems and behavioral, molecular and cellular, developmental, clinical, and computational. This field seeks to under stand both neurological disease and the normal func tioning of the central nervous system, from individ ual molecules to the circuits and computational aspects involved in generating behavior. In conjunction with the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation & Translational Neurosciences (SINITN), a broad range of faculty interests support students in research in any of these areas of neuroscience. The ultimate purpose of this work is to improve care of the patient with neurological disease.


Students who pursue Neuroscience, Behavior and Cognition are required to complete 6 units including:

BEGINNING MATRICULATING CLASS OF 2014 - One unit of ANES 215, the journal club course in Neuroscience, Behavior, and Cognition

MATRICULATING CLASSES BEFORE 2014 - Two units of ANES 215, the journal club course in Neuroscience, Behavior, and Cognition (1 unit per quarter for two quarters)

Students should consult with the concentration director about their choice of one additional elective course to complete the unit requirement.

The one (or more) elective course should be a graduate level courses offered in one of the following five areas of Neuroscience:
Systems and Behavior
Molecular and Cellular

In addition, students are encouraged to participate in the annual Stanford Neuroscience Retreat. The SINITN also sponsors three seminar series annually, at which internationally known speakers discuss recent work. Students are encouraged to attend these presentations. Quarterly topics are:
Fundamental Themes in Neuroscience
Neurobiology of Disease
Frontiers in Neuroscience

Steering committee

Robert Fisher Neurology and Neurological Sciences
Craig Garner Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Rona Giffard Anesthesia

James Gross

Emmanuel Mignot Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Lawrence Recht Neurology and Neurological Sciences
David Spiegel Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Hannes Vogel Pathology
Albert Wong Neurosurgery

Scholarly Concentrations & the MD Program

The Scholarly Concentration (SC) program is a required, structured program of study in the Medical Student Curriculum that promotes in-depth learning and scholarship. The SC's provide medical students with faculty-mentored scholarly experiences in areas of individual interest combined with structured coursework to support this scholarship.