CNS Impact Report

CNS Director Kim McAllister and student in the lab

The Center for Neuroscience thrives thanks to the dedication and commitment of our faculty, trainees and staff, and to the generosity of alumni, donors and friends.


FY2020 Impact Report

breaking new ground

Center for Neuroscience faculty advance discoveries and deepen our understanding of how the brain works to provide the foundation for new treatments and therapies for brain diseases and disorders. Select research discoveries include:

  • Frontal tdCS as a therapy for schizophrenia
  • Cutting-edge new methods to improve brain recordings
  • A new computational model, explaining how we learn and navigate in the world, challenges a Nobel Prize winning idea
  • New brain training techniques that reverse at least some forms of age-related
    hearing loss
  • Changes at synapses during learning that explain why learning is more efficient in multiple spaced sessions
  • Links between a plant-based diet and better cognition by improving executive control






Our trainees learn alongside internationally recognized faculty from multiple disciplines, developing deeper inquiry and expertise and engaging in innovative educational programs and opportunities. Select highlights include: 

  • Student-organized 3rd Annual Seminar Outreach for Minority Advocacy (SOMA) Summit focused on how the COVID-19 crisis has affected interactions for under-represented groups and addressed civil unrest surrounding George Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter movement

  • Learning, Memory and Plasticity Training Program, one of only two in the U.S., continues to train a new generation of scientists to think across levels and scales and to work collaboratively to tackle the most pressing issues in brain health



Generous support from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends enables us to create greater impact, seize opportunities and address immediate needs of the Center.  Select highlights include:

  • Gifts to the Center for Neuroscience’s General Fund and Director’s Circle enabled us to respond to the immediate needs of the global pandemic, including donating PPEs from research labs to frontline health workers

  • Alys Hay Endowed Chair for Advancing Gender Equity in STEM will advance opportunity and culture change across the sciences, and enable a CNS faculty to be the inaugural chair holder

  • Davida Feder Innovative Neuroscience Pilot Award will support memory-related interdisciplinary research to inform and advance treatments for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

  • Haskell Robinson Family Neuroscience Research Endowment and CNS Director’s Circle selected Timothy Hanks, Ph.D. to receive the 2019 Neuroscience Innovation Pilot Award in a fast-pitch competition