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Department of Psychiatry
The Department of Psychiatry of the University of Pittsburgh and its affiliate hospital, the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), has more than 220 primary faculty members trained in a wide range of disciplines that encompass clinical expertise across brain and behavioral disorders and the lifespan and a number of basic science domains. Priorities for the Department include first and foremost, to provide the highest quality care for the individuals who seek clinical services and their families; second, to promote the career development of faculty, trainees, and staff to further advance the level of expertise in all areas; and third, to pursue the discovery and dissemination of new scientific knowledge in order to develop personalized and preventative treatments for mental illness and addictive disorders.

Department of Neuroscience
The Department of Neuroscience within the University of Pittsburgh's Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate education with innovative independent and collaborative research, a well-rounded curriculum, and a seminar series by the world's most renowned leaders in the field of neuroscience. Dr. Alan F. Sved's "Predoctoral Training in Basic Neuroscience" NIH training grant, jointly funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) provides support for 8 predoctoral trainees per year and was recently funded for another five year period. Last year, the department's research budget helped to support the work of 37 graduate and numerous undergraduate students.

Center for Neuroscience (CNUP)
The University of Pittsburgh Center for Neuroscience (CNUP) oversees all neuroscience-related activities on campus. CNUP is a multidisciplinary center with members whose primary appointments are in 16 different departments. Their research interests span the breadth of neuroscience, and a number of concentration areas involve diverse groups of scientists. CNUP has a sense of community highlighted by interactive and collaborative aspects in many of our research programs. One of the major responsibilities of CNUP is to oversee doctoral training in neuroscience at Pitt.

University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute
The Brain Institute's mission is to unlock the mysteries of normal and abnormal brain function and then translate discoveries into new approaches for overcoming brain disorders. The formula is simple: Basic science research enables discoveries that lead to treatments and cures. The Brain Institute provides a unifying structure and collaborative framework for the many diverse research units that make up the neuroscience community at Pitt.

Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC)
The Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) is a joint venture of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. The center leverages the strengths of the University of Pittsburgh in basic and clinical neuroscience and those of Carnegie Mellon in cognitive and computational neuroscience to support a coordinated cross-university research and educational program of international stature. In addition to the PhD program in Neural Computation, CNBC sponsors a graduate certificate program in cooperation with a wide variety of affiliated PhD programs. Within the CNBC, over 200 world-class faculty and trainees are investigating the cognitive and neural mechanisms that give rise to biological intelligence and behavior. Research topics include affective, cognitive, linguistic, perceptual, motor and social systems in both normal and disordered populations, as well as computational neuroscience.

NIH Brain and Tissue Repository
The University of Pittsburgh houses one of the NIH NeuroBioBank (NBB) Brain and Tissue Repositories (BTRs). The NBB brings together multiple stakeholders to facilitate research advancement through the collection and distribution of human postmortem brain tissue. The NBB coordinates the collection, evaluation, processing, storage and distribution of nervous system tissue and associated clinical data via a federated network of brain and tissue repositories that span the United States in a transparent and standardized way for use by the broader research community for the study of neurological, psychiatric and developmental disorders.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.

Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
The Brain Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by raising funds from donor contributions to award grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. It was previously known as the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD).

International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO)
The International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO) is a leading mental health charity committed to supporting research to help people with brain disease, and, ultimately, find cures for schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder.

Conversational Science, LLC
After completing her PhD training in the Translational Neuroscience Program, Allison Curley decided to pursue her love of science as a freelance science writer. Her recent work includes projects with BrainFacts.org, The American Association for the Advancement for Science, PittMed Magazine, The Colgate Scene, and Neuroscience for Kids. She is also a regular contributor to the Schizophrenia Research Forum, a web hub for researchers in schizophrenia and related basic science.
www.conversationalscience.com/about-allison

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David A. Lewis, M.D. | Department of Psychiatry | University of Pittsburgh
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