Established in 2000, Neuroscience quickly became popular and the fastest-growing major at Tulane. The objective of Neuroscience as a field of study is to understand the role of the nervous system in regulating physiological and behavioral processes. Advances in the basic understanding of the brain have been remarkable over recent years. This knowledge is leading to improved treatments and even cures for many neurological diseases.
By its very nature, Neuroscience is interdisciplinary. The core departments supporting the major in Neuroscience include the Department of Psychology and the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. Neuroscience draws not only from the fields of psychology and biology but also from other traditional sciences including chemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology. Neuroscience has promoted the development of new types of courses and learning, expanded laboratory experiences, coordinated courses across departments, and increased research opportunities for Tulane students.
In 2016, the Tulane Brain Institute, was founded as a university-wide transdisciplinary entity to coordinate and oversee neuroscience-related endeavors at Tulane, bringing together faculty from across the university including the main campus, the Health Sciences campus, and the Tulane National Primate Research Center. The three pillars of the Tulane Brain Institute are research, education, and community outreach and engagement with a vision to create a new era of discovery, learning, and public influence in the brain sciences at Tulane.