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The FAU Brain Institute, a physical embodiment of the Neuroscience Pillar - one of four strategic areas designated to advance research and research education - represents more than 70 faculty level neuroscientists from across all FAU campuses. Efforts of the Brain Institute involve the recruitment and resourcing of top flight neuroscience researchers, the development of neuroscience research infrastructure to permit cutting edge research among FAU faculty and students, the distribution of the fruits of research for the betterment of human health, and the organization of community outreach initiatives to educate the next generation of neuroscientists and dispel the stigma associated with many brain disorders. The FAU Brain Institute developed and oversees the GNTP through its Boca Raton Education Office. In 2019, the Brain Institute Research Office and institute-sponsored researchers will relocate to a new, state-of-the art, 72,000 sq ft STEM building on the Jupiter campus.
Rich in neuroscience tradition, neuroscientists on the Boca Raton campus have advanced neuroscience research and education for over 30 years. Faculty from all three GNTP-supported PhD programs call the Boca campus home. Boca Raton is home to multiple professional schools (e.g. Medicine, Nursing, Engineering, Business) that support or interface with the GNTP. Additionally, Boca is home to the Colleges of Science, Medicine, Nursing, Engineering and Education, each housing Brain Institute faculty. Two of the Ph.D. Programs supported by the GNTP – Experimental Psychology and Complex Systems and Brain Sciences – derive from efforts to build and sustain neuroscience on the Boca Raton campus. Biomedical faculty associated with the GNTP are predominantly housed in dedicated space associated with the Boca Raton College of Medicine.
FAU Davie is FAU's second largest campus, hosting more than 5,000 students. Home to many environmental biologists, the Davie campus also houses research laboratories for neuroscientists who explore human brain organization and cognitive behavior and others who examine hormonal and brain mechanisms that support the development and elaboration of communication in avian species.
The Jupiter campus is home to the Brain Institute's Research Office and Core Facilities for Cell Imaging and Neurobehavior, as well as many neuroscientists, including those from the FAU Colleges of Science and Medicine, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, and Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Jupiter is also home to the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and the Scripps Research Institute. The offices overseeing the Integrative Biology – Neuroscience (IBNS) Ph.D. program and the majority of the IBNS program's faculty are located on the Jupiter campus. A Nikon Center of Excellence, one of 10 such Centers in the Americas and one of 20 worldwide, is a collaboration with the Jupiter Life Science Initiative, and is administered through the Brain Institute Research Office. A free, Wi-Fi enabled shuttle cycles between the Jupiter and Boca Raton campuses, permitting easy access of students and faculty on either campus to courses and lectures on each campus.
Part of the prestigious Max Planck Society, MPFI is the first and only institute of its kind in North America, providing a vibrant, interactive environment where scientists are provided substantial ongoing support that empowers them to take on high-risk projects that act as a catalyst for highly-rewarding innovations. At MPFI, research is focused on the organization and function of neural circuits. MPFI scientists investigate fundamental aspects of these critical networks within the brain and develop new technologies that make groundbreaking discoveries possible. MPFI is home to many FAU graduate and undergraduate trainees and outstanding core facilities shared by FAU neuroscientists. MPFI contribute to the training faculty for GNTP students who opt for a graduate degree through the IBNS program.
The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), with campuses in La Jolla, CA and on the Jupiter, FL campus housing FAU and MPFI research laboratories, is a nonprofit research institute that supports the research of nearly 3,000 scientists. The SRI installation in Jupiter is home to multiple departments, including the Department of Neuroscience which is focused on understanding how the brain works and what goes wrong in the many disorders that affect brain function. TSRI scientists are also heavily engaged in translating basic research discoveries into therapeutics through drug discovery efforts that can help improve the cognitive impairments associated with aging and the many psychiatric and neurological conditions that alter memory including Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, anxiety and depression. Scientists at TSRI co-mentor students who enter through the GNTP and are co-mentored by IBNS faculty. TSRI faculty engage in many research collaborations with FAU neuroscientists and serve on IBNS thesis committees. Outstanding core facilities, such as those for DNA/RNA sequencing, proteomics, behavioral and metabolic phenotyping, and drug discovery are open to FAU neuroscientists and their trainees.
Brain Institute, Research Office, Jupiter campus
Room 107, MC-17
5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458
FAU Brain Institute, Education Office, Boca Raton campus
Bldg. SE 43, Room 103A
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431