The Ohio State University Department of Neuroscience was founded in 1999. Since then, we have consistently made breakthrough discoveries of the brain and spinal cord. Our faculty have developed highly specialized training programs, as well as dynamic research and learning environments that prepare tomorrow’s neuroscientists while also continuing to challenge the thinking of today’s researchers and clinicians.
Innovative collaborative research
Ohio State neuroscientists were awarded a spinal cord injury program project grant (PPG) by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1972. Eventually funded for more than 30 years, this became the longest-running NIH-funded PPG on spinal cord injury. Many of the inaugural faculty members in the Department of Neuroscience were involved in starting and maintaining this PPG.
- Faculty in multiple disciplines participated, including those from the Division of Neurosurgery (William Hunt, MD), and the departments of Physiology (Bradford Stokes, PhD), Cell Biology (John Robinson, PhD), Pathology (Allan Yates, MD, PhD) and Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy (CBNA) (James King, PhD; Michael Beattie, PhD; and Jacqueline Bresnahan, PhD).
- This initiative served as the precursor for the Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair, the first Ohio State center focused on neurotrauma research. Phillip Popovich, PhD, was named inaugural center director and maintains this position today.
The Neuroscience Graduate Studies Program (NGP) was launched at The Ohio State University in 1986 to provide a dedicated neuroscience curriculum. This pioneering effort was in advance of many other official neuroscience departments across the nation.
Important department initiatives and milestones
1999 – Department of Neuroscience established
2002 – Center for Molecular Neurobiology
2004 – The Ohio State University Neuroscience Center Core
2004 – Neuroscience Education: Urban and Rural Outreach (NEURO)
2008/2009 – Annual department participation in Brain Awareness Week begins
2012 – Undergraduate major in Neuroscience added
2014 – Neuroscience Research Institute
2019 – Master’s degree in Applied Neuroscience added
The department today