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Pitt, CMU to train brain researchers

| Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh announced Tuesday that they have partnered in a joint federal program to provide interdisciplinary training in neuroscience.

With $7 million in grants from the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the National Science Foundation, the universities will train undergraduate and graduate students in several aspects of neuroscience.

The plan is to create a generation of brain researchers who can explore multiple fields of neuroscience in the quest to understand how people think and learn.

"We are moving into a new era of multidisciplinary training in which we are asking our students to stretch intellectually," said Peter Strick, professor of neurobiology and psychiatry at Pitt's School of Medicine and co-director of the new Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition.

"The result is a new generation of multidisciplinary neuroscientists who are comfortable asking complex questions and then using the most appropriate approaches to solve them."

The program includes Carnegie Mellon faculty in the departments of biological sciences, computer science, psychology, robotics and statistics, and Pitt faculty in bioengineering, mathematics, neurobiology, neurology, neuroscience, psychiatry and psychology.

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