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The UCLA Brain Research Institute co-ordinates a large portion of neuroscience educational programs on campus. It is home to the Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program for Neuroscience (NSIDP), with endowment support for the program. The NSIDP is one of eighteen Graduate Programs in Biosciences at UCLA. The goal of this program is to train students to be conversant in all levels of analysis used in neuroscience, from the molecular and cellular to the system levels, while specializing in their chosen field of research. Currently the Neuroscience Graduate IDP comprises approximately 90 doctoral students. On average, 15 new students enter the program every year.

Specifically, the BRI administratively supports NSIDP program leadership, recruitment, admissions, curriculum, coordinates the Achievement Rewards for College Students fellowship program, and organizes in course development, course assessment, course coordination, TA selection, student evaluation, student advising, student financial aid, mentor evaluation, faculty membership, website, publications, the annual Neuroscience Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program Retreat, and provides endowments of partial funding for first year students.

In its capacity as administrative home for the Undergraduate Neuroscience Interdepartmental Program, the BRI provides oversight of program staffing, administrative and IT support, and financial support for selected undergraduate activities. This program currently encompasses approximately 500 undergraduate neuroscience majors. 

Postdoctoral research instruction is another major activity of the BRI. Over 350 postdoctoral students holding PhD, MD, DDS or DVM degress occupy BRI members' laboratories. The institute also administers and/or financially supports a number of  Neuroscience Training Grants including:

  • NIH T32 - Interdepartmental Clinical Pharmacology;                        
  • NIH T32 - Neuroendocrinology, Sex Differences and Reproduction;
  • NIH T32 - Neural Microcircuits;
  • NIH T32 - Neurobehavioral Genetics;
  • NIH T32 - Translational Neuroscience of Drug Abuse;
  • UC - Historically Black Colleges and Universities Summer Research Internship Support Grant (UC-HBCU).

As part of its outreach mission, the BRI is also active in a number of K-12 education programs, aiming to extend scientific knowledge into the community and inspire elementary and secondary school students to explore a career in neuroscience.