Welcome To our department

The University of Florida College of Medicine’s Department of Neuroscience, the second oldest neuroscience department in the country, is proudly celebrating over five decades of commitment to excellence in research and education concerning the role of the nervous system in health and disease.

a Message from the Chair


Jen Bizon, Ph.D.

Welcome to the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Department of Neuroscience.

Through fundamental discovery, our mission is to seek new treatments for nervous system disorders. Our primary faculty members lead internationally recognized research programs in areas that include neurodegenerative disease, brain aging and cognition, substance use disorders, trauma and sensory biology. Department of neuroscience labs contribute well over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts to the field annually. Moreover, with our neurology partners, the department of neuroscience ranks third nationally among public universities in NIH funding. Members of our department lead the 1Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, a NIH-funded specialized T32 training program, and multiple centers and institutes across UF.

Our Future



…a world in which Alzheimer's and psychiatric diseases don't exist and full recovery from stroke and spinal cord injuries are the norm. With that future in mind, our mission is to improve brain health and treatments for neurological disease through fundamental discovery.


Our history

50 Years in the Making

Established in December 1970, the University of Florida Department of Neuroscience was one of the first departments in the country to specialize in this interdisciplinary field of medical science.

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