A Message from the Director

Anthony-Samuel LaMantiaAnthony-Samuel LaMantia, Ph.D.

One decade into the 21st century, our understanding of brain structure and function far surpasses what anyone might have imagined as the last century drew to a close. To insure further progress, biologists, psychologists, physicians, anthropologists, engineers, mathematicians, and philosophers must engage one another to stimulate inquiry and insight. The George Washington University Institute for Neuroscience facilitates this vital exchange of ideas, and supports collaborative neuroscience research and training across the GW campus at Foggy Bottom and at Children's National Medical Center (CNMC), an independent Children's Hospital affiliated with the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The Institute offers seminars, research colloquia, graduate courses, and core services to enhance the scientific endeavors of GW/CNMC investigators, fellows, and students.

GW/CNMC faculty ask how brains work by examining nerve cells in the living brain, under the microscope, or in the culture dish; manipulating the genome in animal models to ask how brain circuits develop; studying fossils that indicate how brains evolved, and mapping human genes, as well as human brain structure, activity and behavior to understand function and dysfunction in our own brains. I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to join the diverse community of neuroscientists at GW/CNMC as we help define how all animals, including the human animal, use their brains to perceive, navigate and appreciate the world around us.