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Our neurosciences research program is a unique blend of clinical neurologists and basic scientists. We collaborate in the diagnosis, management, and research of neurodegenerative diseases.

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Our goal is to go beyond treating diseases. We aim to understand our brains and the human condition, and to build a world of compassion through mentoring the next generation of leaders.

Education & Training

Patient Care

Our collaborative multidisciplinary team of neuroscientists and neurologists puts research into practice, delivering advanced treatment for neurological disorders.

Conditions & Treatment

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Changing the course of neurological disease

Our centers and programs in neurosciences combine research, clinical care, education and outreach to offer patients the latest therapies and treatments. We are changing the course of neurological diseases in people’s lives every day.

Centers & Programs

Grand Rounds

Our ACGME accredited Grand Rounds provide valuable education for our physicians and trainees. All grand rounds are currently being held virtually. Watch sessions live or check out the video at a later date.

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Great Minds Gather Here

The Brain Channel by UCSD-TV features a variety of free programs on the latest developments in neurosurgery and neurology. Watch videos for free online or download as a podcast.

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Investigation to Explore Brain Aging in Space to Fly on SpaceX CRS-29

UC San Diego brains headed to the space station via SpaceX CRS-29! Check out the ISS National Laboratory®-sponsored project designed to inform potential applications for treating and preventing late-onset diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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Karen Pierce PhD Awarded a $3.8 Million NIH R37 MERIT Award

August 3rd, 2023

Karen Pierce, PhD, a professor in the Department of Neurosciences, was awarded a 5-year, $3.8 million R37 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to develop an eye tracking based screening tool for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The NIMH R37 Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) mechanism, awarded to innovative primary investigators of high-scoring R01 applications, affords the initial 5-year R01 funding period an opportunity for a 5-year extension to pursue additional research aims and could be renewed for up to 10 years.

Additional Key members of the team include:

  • Nathan Lewis,  Department of Pediatrics, University of California San Diego
  • Ronghui (Lily) Xu, School of Public Health Sciences, University of California San Diego

For award details, see NIH REPORTER:

Read more about the research ongoing at the UCSD Autism Center at:

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