The Department of Neuroscience at the University of Florida College of Medicine, the second oldest Neuroscience department in the country, is proudly celebrating over four decades of commitment to excellence in research and education concerning the role of the nervous system in health and disease. The department is home to 22 primary tenured or tenure-track faculty, and has over 80 affiliate faculty members representing seven Colleges of the University of Florida. The affiliate members of the department are key for our interdisciplinary research programs as well as our educational mission. The faculty in the Department of Neuroscience study the nervous system from many perspectives, from the isolation and study of molecules and cells mediating neural function and development, to the study of the cellular ensembles engaged in high-level neural processing in the normal and diseased nervous system. Major research themes include studies on the physiology of brain aging and aging-associated cognitive decline; brain and spinal cord injury, and neural tissue plasticity and regeneration; neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and demyelinating diseases.
Academic productivity by the primary faculty of the department in terms of annual research publications and presentations typically exceeds 130 primary contributions to the literature, with over 50% of these articles in top tier peer reviewed journals with impact factors between 38.6 and 5.0. In academic year 2015, Neuroscience faculty authored several high profile publications in Nature, Neuron, PNAS and Acta Neuropathologica, some of which have received national news coverage. Neuroscience faculty served on numerous national and international editorial boards, federal and private research advisory and review panels. In academic year 2015, the overall grant portfolio of the department exceeded $8.4 M, with NIH grants comprising $7.4M of these funds.