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Neuroscience Programme

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, the network of neurons responsible for our thoughts, feelings, and actions.

What is neuroscience?

Neuroscience is the study of the brain and nervous system. It is a rapidly advancing and exciting field of study. Neuroscientists are discovering how our brains make us who we are, how people develop mental illnesses, what happens when brains are injured, and much more.

Neuroscience at Otago

At the University of Otago you can major in neuroscience at all levels of study. Several departments teach the papers that neuroscience students study, and internationally recognised neuroscientists supervise students conducting neuroscience research.

Neuroscience in the news

A University of Otago neuroscientist has won a $652,174 grant from the Marsden Fund. Associate Professor Alistair Knott asks "Does language syntax mirror the structure of sensorimotor cognition?" (Otago Daily Times, 30 October 2013)

A University of Otago Neuroscientist is "close" to discovering a diagnostic test which could help identify people at risk of Alzheimer's disease (Otago Daily Times, 3 September 2013)

The Neuroscience Programme is delighted to announce that Neuroscience students were awarded two of the Otago School of Medical Sciences Dean's Prestigious Summer Scholarships for 2013–2014. Congratulations to James Neville and Zasha Mann. James and Zasha will undertake 10-week research projects over the summer, James with Dr Joanna Williams in Anatomy, and Zasha with Dr Steph Hughes in Biochemistry.

Alumni profile

Neuroscience graduate Deborah Friberg

Neuroscience enabled Deborah to leave the option open for a future medical career, while also gaining a broad understanding of basic biological sciences.
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