Nash Family Department of Neuroscience

Nash Family Department of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai investigates the nervous system at the molecular, cellular, systems, and behavioral levels using a variety of model systems, from flies and worms, to transgenic mice and rats, to non-human primates as well as the brain itself. We conduct collaborative research in nationally and internationally recognized laboratories, and are currently ranked first in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Our faculty continuously seeks to further neuroscience education, and conducts a large portion of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences’ neuroscience multidisciplinary training.

We collaborate with other academic departments, centers and Institutes to provide initiatives such as joint seminars, residency programs, and postdoctoral fellowships. We also have multidisciplinary research collaborations with the Departments of Geriatrics and Adult Development, Psychiatry, Neurology, Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Immunology and many others.

Mission Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our goal is to support highly innovative research in basic and translational neuroscience by creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment that empowers all members of our community to contribute to scientific discovery. Our goal is to generate an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment that fosters creativity to fully understand nervous system function and develop therapies and cures for nervous system disease. We commit to listening to and learning from the many diverse voices of our community in order to remove barriers to opportunities and success while promoting equality for everyone.

Anti-Racism Statement

We denounce all forms of racism and bias endemic in our society. Bias, as well as structural and overt racism, negatively impact our trainees, staff and faculty, and prevent us from reaching our full potential. We pledge that:

  • All our faculty, trainees, and staff will become educated to recognize and combat racism.
  • We will continue to build partnerships with local and underserved communities to provide opportunities and promote equity, diversity and inclusion in science and medicine.
  • We will actively listen to and respect, support, as well as advocate for our trainees, faculty and staff who have been subject to racism and bias, including those that are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We will work to increase their representation, demand equitable treatment and opportunities, and actively report our progress.
  • We will work to end racial inequality within our department and among the greater community represented by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The Friedman Brain Institute's Commitment to a Healthy Work Environment

The Friedman Brain Institute and the Nash Family Department of Neuroscience have instituted a zero-tolerance policy for harassment of any sort. We encourage people of all genders and ranks to notify the leadership of any misconduct. Knowing that this may be difficult for some, this form is anonymous. If you wish to receive a response to any of your comments, please send us your name and email address here.

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About Animal Research

At Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, we support the responsible and ethical use of animals in research, which is necessary to achieve a greater understanding of biological process in health and disease and to discover new treatments for chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Animal research plays a vital role in scientific breakthroughs and is an essential part of virtually every medical discovery and the development of virtually every new medical treatment over the past 100 years. The topic of animal research is an important one. Laboratory animals are living creatures that deserve to be treated with respect, care and compassion. This belief is shared by our scientists who adhere to thorough and stringent laws, regulations and established practices in place to ensure the welfare of research animals. Animals provide irreplaceable and invaluable models for human systems and continue to play a crucial part in medical and scientific research aimed at conquering the main diseases of our time including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, depression, drug addiction, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, and psychosis, among many others.