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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

  • Gene therapy promotes nerve regeneration
    Researchers have shown that treatment using gene therapy leads to a faster recovery after nerve damage. By combining a surgical repair procedure with gene therapy, the survival of nerve cells and regeneration of nerve fibers over a long distance was stimulated. The discovery is an important step towards the development of a new treatment for people with nerve damage.
  • Athletes should build neck strength to reduce concussion risk, researchers recommend
    Researchers have proposed a way to mitigate risk for football and soccer players and others at risk of concussion: Protect your head with neck-strengthening exercises in the pre-season. New research examines previous studies on the role that the neck's strength, size and posture play in reducing concussion risk.

NeuroscienceNews.com

  • Mice Pass On Brain Benefits of Enriched Upbringing to Offspring
    Researchers report life experiences may be transgenerationally inherited through a combination of epigenetics and parental behavior.
  • Study Reveals ‘Inhibition’ Theory of Autism is Wrong
    A new study challenges the long held theory that neurons in the brains of those with autism receive too little inhibition or too much excitation. Researchers report inhibition does not actually decrease in the brains of mice with ASD. Instead, researchers say, the altered balance may be a compensatory mechanism that helps to stabilize brain activity in response to the disorder.