The primary aim of the Behavioural Neuroscience graduate program is to develop a high degree of research competence in a specialized topic, while at the same time ensuring a broad academic background that will enable students to relate their research interests to behavioural neuroscience in particular and to psychology in general. To this end, each Behavioural Neuroscience graduate student engages in research from the beginning of the program, first by working under the close supervision of an advisor and then by assuming a more independent approach as specific research interests are formulated. Students are required to study a wide range of topics that focus on both the behavioural and neurobiological facets of the discipline.
Several of the faculty members in the Behavioural Neuroscience program have connections with the Brain Research Centre. The Centre employs a strongly multidisciplinary approach, combined with a scientific philosophy of cooperation and collaboration among the researchers, physicians, and technicians who are exploring common origins and overlapping features of neurological and psychiatric disorders. The general exchange of ideas in the neurosciences is facilitated by the presence on campus of a B.C. chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, the meetings of which are attended by neuroscientists from throughout the region. Several members of the Behavioural Neuroscience area are participants in the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Program in Neuroscience.
Faculty research programs are well funded by major national granting agencies. Nearly all are funded by NSERC and CIHR. During the current fiscal year Behavioural Neuroscience Area faculty members will receive over $2 million in grants.