The brain is a world consisting of a number of unexplored continents and great stretches of unknown territory." Santiago Ramon y Cajal, 1906.
Over a 100 years ago, the pioneering neuroscientist Santiago Ramon y Cajal recognized the challenges of discovery that faced any scientist who explores the structure, function, and development of the brain. At the beginning of the 21st century, as at the beginning of the 20th when Cajal surveyed the intellectual geography of neuroscience, understanding the brain remains the last great challenge for scientific exploration. To meet that challenge, The George Washington University has brought together a community of scientists and scholars devoted to discovery in neuroscience-The George Washington University Institute for Neuroscience (GWIN).
GWIN promotes research and training throughout several departments and affiliated institutions at GW in the mechanisms of normal and pathologic brain function. The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at GW, and the office of the Vice-President for Research at GW jointly support GWIN programs. The research interests of the faculty include behavioral, evolutionary, systems, cellular, and developmental neuroscience.
Our signature programs include a Neuroscience Seminar Series jointly sponsored with the Center for Neuroscience Research at Children's National Medical Center that brings neuroscientists from throughout the country investigators as well as research institutions in the DC/Baltimore metropolitan to the campuses of GW and Children's National Medical Center to share insights into ongoing research. We also will present an annual Neuroscience Symposium that will feature two eminent outside speakers, two local speakers and research presentations by students and fellows in GWIN laboratories. Institute faculty will present a graduate course on Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Disorders. Finally, we provide core research support for molecular and cellular approaches to neuroscience through the GWIN Biomarkers Analysis and Discovery Core, located on the 6th floor of Ross Hall on the campus of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.