Margaret McCarthy, PhD
Dear Prospective Students,
There has never been a more exciting time to be a neuroscientist. The confluence of advances in genomics, imaging, bioengineering and computational learning have provided the tools for unraveling the mysteries of the brain that have defied us for decades.
Harnessing the power of light we can now both measure and manipulate neural circuits, we can quantify the transcriptome of a single neuron and image transmitter release from a lone synaptic vesicle.
There has also never been a more important time to be a neuroscientist. From addiction to mental illness to neurodegenerative disorders, the ills that plague our society, diminish our well being and thwart our forward progress universally reside in the nervous system.
The challenges we face on this planet will only be solved using our brains, compelling us to foster healthy development, protect against damage and repari injury throughout life. The mission of the Program in Neuroscience is to provide the solutions, to be the answer.
Discoveries are made every day by students in the Program in Neuroscience at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. As the lifeblood of our research enterprise, students are integral and valued partners.
Exceptionally collaborative and collegial, our faculty foster student independence while providing the support and guidance needed for success. We welcome you to be a member of our team.
Margaret M. McCarthy, PhD
James & Carolyn Frenkil Endowed Dean’s Professor,
Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology
Director, Program in Neuroscience