|As one of the premier research, academic, and medical institutions in the world, Johns Hopkins has been at the forefront of research in neuroscience long before the term was coined in the late 1960’s. It was here that Philip Bard and Wade Marshall first described the somatotopic organization of the cerebral cortex, where David Bodian and Howard Howe demonstrated infection of peripheral nerves by polio virus, where Vernon Mountcastle discovered the columnar organization of the cerebral cortex, and where Stephen Kuffler, David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel first described receptive fields in the visual system.|
From its inception, Johns Hopkins has been committed to creating an environment where scientific excellence and collegiality combine to foster the development of future neuroscientists. Far from resting on our laurels, we are forging ahead in exciting new directions. All areas of modern neuroscience are included in our current research efforts, from deciphering the mechanisms that guide the proper placement of ion channels and receptors to understanding the cues that are critical for neural development.
Our researchers have access to the most modern research tools, from the latest microscopy and imaging equipment to powerful protein and gene identification techniques.
Extensive collaborations among our faculty and colleagues in other Hopkins departments help us to incorporate new experimental approaches to solve difficult problems and translate fundamental discoveries into the improvement of human health.