About BEHN


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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 BiologyCell and Developmental BiologyPhysiology and PharmacologyPsychiatry, and Neurology. Faculty research focuses on cellular, molecular, systems, and computational neuroscience to understand behavior and cognition.

Financial support

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 additional $10 million of support comes from two NIH center awards - Portland Alcohol Research Center (PARC) and Methamphetamine Abuse Research Center (MARC).