The graduate program in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience offers a doctor of philosophy degree. The program emphasizes basic science training in behavioral neuroscience with specialization in the following areas: physiological psychology, behavioral and molecular genetics, behavioral pharmacology, biological bases of addiction, learning and memory, and neurobiology of social motivation.
Behavioral Neuroscience is one of six basic science departments in the OHSU School of Medicine, and provides a unique environment especially suited for the education of multidisciplinary neuroscientists. Several faculty members maintain joint appointments in other basic science departments such as the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology, Physiology and Pharmacology, Psychiatry, and Neurology. Faculty research interests are diverse, but form three major concentrations: behavioral pharmacogenetics and drug conditioning, neurobiology of drug abuse, and cognitive neuroscience.
The overall record of external funding for research in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience is excellent. The combined annual total of grant funds awarded to our faculty last year was approximately $10.9 million. The department also maintains ongoing research training programs funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the National Institute on Aging (NIA). An $8.9 million dollar Alcohol Research Center grant award to the department by NIAAA provides additional financial support.