Graduate Studies

Overview of the neuroscience graduate program

The Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience at the University of Nebraska Medical Center houses the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences Neuroscience graduate program, which offers formal courses and research training in neuroscience leading to the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree.

Neuroscience represents one of the most fascinating and complex research areas. In terms of basic sciences, neuroscience is one of the last remaining major frontiers in the biomedical sciences. Clinically, neurodegenerative diseases represent a major challenge in that these diseases are among the most devastating and intractable. 

The IGPBS Neuroscience offers programs in

Visit IGPBS Neuroscience site for curriculum and details on each program.

The department was awarded the NIH-funded "Neuroimmunology of Disease Training Program" training grant (NIH T32 NS105594). This grant provides neuroscience students advanced training in how the immune system interacts with the nervous system during development, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases. The program features a unique opportunity for 3-4 months of cross-disciplinary research in another lab.  Students accepted into the program are allowed clinical rotations as well.

UNMC neuroscience graduate students will find a stimulating research environment with state-of-the-art techniques and well-supported core facilities, most located in the Durham Research Center and Durham Research Center II buildings. International research internships in Switzerland, China or with various drug companies in the U.S. are a unique aspect of the program.

Current Graduate Students


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Entry into program

Interested students apply through UNMC's Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences or the combined M.D./Ph.D. degree programs. Other special programs and information are available through the Office of Student Services. Students are supported by research fellowships or other stipends throughout their training, allowing them to enjoy "the good life" that Omaha and Nebraska has to offer.

Additional information on the IGPBS Neuroscience Graduate Programs:

For on-line application go to the Graduate Studies Home Page.

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