2010-2011 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Neuroscience
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First-year Ph.D. students are admitted via a common admissions process to the biomedical sciences Ph.D. program. After completing first-year core course work and laboratory rotations, the student chooses a dissertation research mentor and enter one of nine Ph.D. programs (majors) based on that faculty member’s program affiliation. In each program, students complete a Ph.D. dissertation based on original research. Each student’s program of study is unique and the time to completion varies. On average, completion of the Ph.D. program requires approximately 5 years of full-time, year-round study.
The Neuroscience program combines resources in clinical and basic neuroscience to teach psychiatric and neurological diseases, brain imaging systems, cellular and molecular neuroscience. Over 50 neuroscientists within the Institute of Neuroscience, the Synapses and Cognitive Neuroscience Center, the Developmental and Regenerative Medicine Programs and the clinical and basic science departments provide research opportunities including learning and memory, synaptic plasticity, stem cell research, neuronal migration, neuronal regeneration, receptor trafficking, dendritic plasticity, synaptic development, cannabinoid and dopamine receptor signaling, vision, movement disorders, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and drugs of abuse. An NIH training grant in neuroscience helps support student training in the program.
For information regarding admission to the Biomedical Sciences program in the College of Graduate studies please select the Admissions Information link.
Biomedical Sciences Admission
Students accepted as full time students into the program may be eligible for a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA), which provides a competitive stipend ($23,000 for the 2010/2011 year) as well as a reduced tuition fee of only $25 per semester. Graduate Research Assistants also receive, at no cost to them, single-person health insurance under the GHSU student group policy. A limited number of GRA packages will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants with exemplary qualifications. Students are responsible for paying standard student fees each semester. Continuation of an assistantship is contingent on the availability of funds and on satisfactory academic progress.