Brief History of the Department

The Department of Neuroscience was founded in 1974 to create a formal academic program for enhancing collaborative research and training in studies of a wide variety of nervous systems. Dr. Dominick P. Purpura, founding Chairman, also served as Director of the Rose F. Kennedy Center, a relationship that facilitated the growth and development of the Department within the Center. Following Dr. Purpura's departure to Stanford as Dean, Dr. Michael V.L. Bennett assumed the Chairmanship and was succeeded by Dr. Joseph Arezzo as Interim Chair. In 1999 Dr. Donald Faber became Chairman of Neuroscience and Director of the Kennedy Center, thus ensuring a continuing growth of the Department within the Center, which over time has become a center for brain sciences.

Founding Principle

The Department of Neuroscience has been guided since its inception by the principle that Neuroscience is not a discipline, but a way of thinking about and approaching problems of nervous system structure and function. This philosophy has sustained a climate of strong and effective multidisciplinary collaborations among electrophysiologists, cellular and molecular neurobiologists, neurochemists, cognitive neuroscientists, etc. The continuing success of our faculty and students in the competitive universe of neuroscience discourse testifies to the validity of this doctrine.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Rose F. Kennedy Center
1410 Pelham Pkwy S.,
Rm 903, Bronx, NY 10461
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