About the Department of Neurosciences

Message from the Associate Dean for Neurosciences Initiatives

William Mobley

The workings of our brain define us -- what we sense, what we know, who we are. In health, the brain functions marvelously. But when problems occur, the results can devastate patients, their families and society.

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 50 million people in this country, or 1 in 5, endures some problem with the nervous system.

Neurological diseases comprise the third largest world health concern after heart disease and cancer. And because neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s affect older people, this is a growing concern. In the next 10 years more than 30% of the U.S. population will be 65 or older, and that number will increase to over 40% in the next 20 years.

Fortunately, we are at a new frontier of knowledge in which breakthroughs in deciphering the molecular basis of diseases will increasingly provide unprecedented opportunities for treatment.

Medicine is being transformed.

We need to develop new and efficient ways to translate this emerging arsenal of ideas, techniques and skills into improved modes of disease diagnosis and therapy. Currently, there is fragmentation of efforts and failure to bring together the disciplines needed to transform great science into great medicine.

The UC San Diego Department of Neurosciences is building new models to increase collaboration among researchers, industry, and clinicians through multidisciplinary research interest groups and a Translational Neuroscience Institute.

In other words, we are striving to ensure that our laboratory discoveries are translated to great care for our patients.

William Mobley, MD, PhD,
Associate Dean for Neurosciences Initiatives,
Department of Neurosciences



Brain Video
Watch a video on UCSD-TV with Dr. Mobley on the translation gap and his research on Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease.


Read about Dr. Mobley discussing the connection between Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease in the San Diego Union Tribune.

Our Mission

To create the synergies, and define the ideas and programs, that will allow us to transform the way our neurosciences community discovers, teaches and cares.

Our Vision

We are a community of scholars whose work – individually and collaboratively – transforms our understanding of the brain and mind and creates new paradigms for caring for those with disorders of brain function.