Institute of Neuroscience

"The Institute of Neuroscience at the University of Oregon stands in solidarity with all of those seeking opportunity and freedom from prejudice and bias.  In recognition of the significant problems in the US and elsewhere for underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, we vow to contribute towards a better future.  In particular, we support BlackLivesMatter and all this important movement aspires to.  We look forward to finding mechanisms by which we can effectively contribute to a better future and recognize that we can do better."  David McCormick, Director


The Institute of Neuroscience (ION) is a group of biologists, psychologists, and human physiologists at the University of Oregon that has pooled its expertise to tackle fundamental questions in neuroscience – questions such as, "How do neural stem cells choose between self-renewal and differentiation?" "What mechanisms generate the large diversity of neurons within the brain?" "How do these neurons 'wire up' into functional circuits?" "How do neural circuits produce behavior?"

These questions are being explored at all levels of organization – from the relatively simple nervous systems of DrosophilaC. elegans, and zebrafish to the more complex networks in mice, owls, and humans.

ION boasts a highly collaborative faculty with expertise in genetics, development, electrophysiology, optogenetics, and functional MRI. As a result, students enrolled in our PhD program come away with the broad conceptual and technical skills necessary to run an independent neuroscience research lab or pursue many other related career paths. Our state-of-the-art facilities and excellent support staff allow ION members to progress rapidly by making exploratory or pilot experiments accessible.

We're passionate about creating an inclusive environment that promotes and values diversity. Research institutions that are diverse in gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, and perspective are proven to foster greater creativity and promote synergistic, collaborative innovation and interactions.



Emily Sylwestrak, a new assistant professor in ION, is chosen as a Next Generation Leader for the Allen Institute for Brain Science!

Emily Sylwestrak, our most recent hire, is awarded the Young Investigator NARSAD award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation

AroundtheO: UO Biologist Judith Eisen elected into elite American academy

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Awards ION a grant to purchase a Thorlabs Mesoscope that is capable of imaging 10s of thousands of neurons simultaneously in behaving mice

AroundtheO:  Two university professors awarded for biomedical research

AroundtheO:  2017 in review:  Top Campus News and Workplace stories

AroundtheO: Judith Eisen and Monte Westerfield named as fellows in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

AroundtheO:  UO joins forces with OHSU for three-day neuroscience event

Chris Doe elected to the National Academy of Sciences!

JoLynn Burdett receives VPRI Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation DGA.

AroundtheO: Janis Weeks, "UO-made tool ready to take on disease causing worms"

Congratulations Adam Miller, winner, Chi-Bin Chien award from the International Zebrafish Society.

International Zebrafish Society Awards Chuck Kimmel the George Streisinger Award for a senior investigator who has made outstanding and continued contributions to the advancement of the zebrafish field.

Franklin Institute selects UO's Posner for elite award

UO team finds signs of true altruism in the brain.

Joe Wekselblatt and Cris Niell in local news story about 'mind reading' camera use in the lab.

A way toward unlocking the teenage brain?

Cris Niell receives young investigator award

Nematode brains offer window into human sleep problems

Using fruit fly larvae, UO researchers capture the symmetry of movement

UO, Baylor team up for NIH-funded Model Organism Screening Center




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