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.

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