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University of South Dakota's Center for Brain and Behavior Research to host August symposium

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota announced today the creation of the Center for Brain and Behavior Research. The mission of the Center is to build a nationally recognized research and training center in South Dakota to advance the understanding of brain structure, function and health.

The Center will promote innovative basic to translational research that addresses problems in neurology, neuropsychology and psychiatry, and provide outstanding training for research students and fellows. The Center includes 47 faculty and 54 graduate students, research fellows and staff from the USD Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education. As part of its training mission, the Center has already obtained a grant from the National Institutes of Health to support the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research in Addiction (SPURA, a summer undergraduate research experience.

“The Center for Brain and Behavior Research is an opportunity for the University of South Dakota to educate students, through advanced training and research programs, and to develop a better insight into brain function and health for all South Dakotans,” explained Dr. Mary Nettleman, M.D., dean of the USD Sanford School of Medicine.

The Center will host its first Center for Brain and Behavior Research Symposium, Aug. 21-22, at the Lee Medical Sciences Building in Vermillion, S.D. The symposium will feature lectures from nationally-recognized neuroscientists, including Marina Picciotto, Ph.D., Yale University; Bita Moghaddam, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; Eugene Tunik, Ph.D., Rutgers University and Paul Whalen, Ph.D., Dartmouth College. The symposium will also include talks and poster presentations from USD students and faculty. For more information, please visit for schedule, updates and a registration form.


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News