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Dr. Tuan Tran
Neuroscience Program Director
Office: Rawl Building, Room 225
Email: trant@ecu.edu or neuroscience@ecu.edu
Faculty Webpage: www.ecu.edu/psyc/trant


Neuroscience is a discipline primed for the challenges affecting human health within the 21st century. It provides better understanding of brain function through cutting-edge research and clinical practice. Numerous inquiries about how the brain works date back to the dawn of civilization, however, this academic discipline is still in its infancy. Explaining the brain-behavior relationship is a central tenet which has been described as one of the last frontiers in the biological sciences by renowned neuroscientist and Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. Eric Kandel. It is challenging, exciting, rewarding, and interdisciplinary.

We offer an undergraduate major (leading to BA or BS degrees) and minor that are concentrations in the Multidisciplinary Studies Program. This program is housed in the Department of Psychology and is 1 of 19 interdisciplinary studies concentrations within Thomas Harriott College of Arts and Sciences. The concentration is designed to provide students with knowledge and research skills that will help prepare them for a career in diverse neuroscience areas (psychopharmacology, neuropsychology, neurophysiology, neurotoxicology, neuropathology, and many more!) and a wide variety of related fields such as medicine, dentistry, and other health-related professions. Indeed, many of the course requirements in the curriculum overlap with the undergraduate courses required by most graduate schools and medical schools. The curriculum includes a strong core of biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology courses, mentored-research experience in scientific laboratories, a two-semester senior thesis, a two-semester senior capstone sequence, and diverse electives (spanning those disciplines). For prospective students, we encourage you to learn more about the program, our contributing research faculty, students, and their achievements. For our alumni, we appreciate your passion for neuroscience and please keep in touch! I look forward to hearing from you.


Neuroscience News

  • The neurons that rewrite traumatic memories
    Neuroscientists have located the cells that help reprogram long-lasting memories of traumatic experiences towards safety, a first in neuroscience.
  • Brain's water system and stroke treatment
    Water is transported from the blood into the brain via an ion transporter, a new study on mice reveals. If the mechanism can be targeted with medicine, it may prove relevant to all disorders involving increased intracranial pressure, including brain edema in connection with stroke as well as hydrocephalus, also called 'water in the head.'

NeuroscienceNews.com

  • Piglet Study Sheds Light of How Stress is Bad For Your Body
    A new study reports early life stress in pigs impacts their health, specifically their GI tract, later in life. The findings could have implications for developing new stress relieving therapies in humans.
  • Gender Differences in Parkinson’s Disease
    Not only do women appear to be better protected against the effects of Parkinson's disease, a new study reveals a gender specific pathology exists in women with the disease as soon as the symptoms appear.