Every thought, behavior and feeling we have is a result of how the cells in our brain are wired and how they communicate with each other and the rest of our bodies.
With perhaps tens of thousands of different types of brain cells, nearly 100 billion of them, and a 100 trillion connections between them, the human brain remains an extraordinary mystery. Remarkable progress in molecular biology, genetics, imaging technologies, and data analysis provides UCLA researchers with exceptional tools to dig deeply into understanding how our brains work and what goes wrong when our brains do not function properly.
UCLA Neuroscience is a cross campus initiative to understand the mysteries of the brain and to develop and deliver transformative treatments for neurological and psychiatric disease. UCLA Neuroscience comprises physicians in the School of Medicine, as well as faculty within the Schools of Engineering, Life Sciences and the Physical Sciences. By fostering creativity and collaboration, and supporting ambitious research goals, UCLA Neuroscience is committed to taking on the most challenging and important research problems in the brain sciences.
The pursuit of cures for these illnesses starts with understanding the brain: one of the major frontiers in 21st century medicine. The conviction is that we are going to get there through these steps:
Progress over the past several decades has created a remarkable climate for rapid advances in the brain sciences. DNA sequencing technologies have catalyzed a revolution in understanding how genes contribute to behavior and set the stage for unraveling the complex interrelationships between genes, the environment and behavior. Optical and microscopic technologies now allow us to peer into the brain to understand how the activity of circuits of neurons control and influence behavior. UCLA physicians, scientists and engineers work together to apply this ever expanding knowledge base to dig deeply into the mechanisms of brain diseases and to develop new and effective therapies.