The Nash Family Department of Neuroscience at Mount Sinai evolved directly from the oldest Department of Neurology in New York City. Since 1900, the year our inpatient neurology service opened, Mount Sinai has contributed to basic and clinical research across neurology, psychiatry, and neurosurgery, trained generations of scientists and physicians, and held a reputation for innovation on the national and international stage.
In 1986, the Arthur M. Fishberg Research Center for Neurobiology of Aging was established as a basic science division to investigate the molecular underpinnings of aging related diseases.
In 2004, the basic neuroscience community at Mount Sinai was organized into an independent Department of Neuroscience, with John H. Morrison, PhD, as its founding chair. Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD, was named chair in 2008, followed by Paul J. Kenny, PhD, who was appointed chair in 2016.
In 2019, the department was renamed The Nash Family Department of Neuroscience in recognition of several decades of transformative support from the Nash Family of neuroscience-focused research at Mount Sinai.
Mount Sinai Hospital physician Bernard Sachs, MD, publishes first description in U.S. of ‘Familial Amaurotic Idiocy,’ later known as Tay-Sachs Disease.
In-patient Neurological Service established; first in a New York hospital; 12 beds; Dr. Sachs made Attending.
Mental Health Clinic formed, perhaps the first psychiatry clinic in a private general hospital; established at MSH by Clarence Oberndorf, MD.
Leo Loewe, MD, and Israel Strauss, MD, describe the first experimental transmission of encephalitis lethargica.
Sidney W. Gross, MD, is the first to use water-soluble contrast media in myelography.
Rosalyn Yalow, PhD, a professor of medicine at Mount Sinai, receives the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the invention of the radioimmunoassay.
Marion Orlowski and Sherman Wilk discover the proteasome (multicatalytic protease), the major regulated mechanism for protein degradation in the cell.
James L. Roberts, PhD, recruited to Mount Sinai.
Dr. Arthur M. Fishberg Center for Neurobiology of Aging established as a basic science division to investigate the molecular mechanisms for various neurobiological phenomena particularly as they relate to aging.
John H. Morrison, PhD, is recruited to Mount Sinai to serve as co-director of the Fishberg Center alongside James L. Roberts, PhD.
Eric J Nestler, MD, PhD, is elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
Dennis S Charney, MD, is elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
Kenneth L Davis, MD, is elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
The Fishberg Center and other neuroscience laboratories on campus joined to form the Department of Neuroscience, with Dr. Morrison serving as founding Chair.
Patrick Hof, MD, named Vice-chair of the Department of Neuroscience.
The Graduate School begins offering a new PhD program in Neuroscience.
Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD, named Chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Director of the newly formed Mount Sinai Brain Institute.
Helen S Mayberg, MD, is elected to National Academy of Medicine.
The naming of The Friedman Brain Institute is celebrated on May 4th; named for a founding gift by Susan and Richard A. Friedman.
Lauren Friedman and fellow graduate students launch the Sinai Neuroscience Outreach Program (SNOP). In 2015, SNOP re-branded itself as MiNDS (Mentoring in Neuroscience Discovery). The program hosts a series of public lectures, sheep brain dissections, laboratory tours, brain fairs, and classroom courses with the mission of reducing the barrier of entry into the sciences.
Pamela Sklar, MD, PhD, creates the Division of Psychiatric Genomics within the Departments Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Genetics and Genomic Sciences.
The Brain Imaging Center is created to serve as a bridge between The Friedman Brain Institute and the Translational and Molecular Imaging Institute.
The Glickenhaus Center for Successful Aging established by Sarah and Seth Glickenhaus to understanding how the brain ages, why some people remain cognitively intact despite very advanced age.
A new technique for administering ketamine, a drug that can effectively treat depression in a matter of hours, demonstrates that it can be rapidly effective in reversing suicidal thoughts, as founded by researchers led by Dennis Charney, MD.
Art of the Brain - Founded and curated by Veronica Szarejko as part of Brain Awareness Week and Mount Sinai's Community Outreach Initiative, the "Art of the Brain" is an exhibition of photographs, sculptures and paintings that celebrates the depth and beauty of the brain as seen through the eyes of The Friedman Brain Institute’s leading researchers. This annual event increases public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.
Ronald M. Loeb Center for Alzheimer’s Disease established in memory of Daniel S. Loeb’s father, Ronald M. Loeb. Alison Goate, PhD, was recruited to Mount Sinai as founding Director of the Center.
Joseph D Buxbaum, PhD, is elected to National Academy of Medicine.
Alison M Goate, DPhil, is elected to National Academy of Medicine.
Paul J. Kenny, PhD, is appointed Chair of the Department of Neuroscience.
Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai (AIMS) established with Yasmin Hurd, PhD, named as its founding Director.
Yasmin Hurd, PhD, elected to National Academy of Medicine.
Several new Centers created by the Department of Neuroscience and The Friedman Brain Institute: Scott Russo, PhD, establishes and leads a new Center for Affective Neuroscience; Paul Slesinger, PhD, establishes and leads a new Center for Neurotechnology and Behavior; and; Anne Schaefer, MD, PhD, and Patrizia Casaccia, MD, PhD, establishes and leads a new Center for Glial Biology of Mount Sinai and CUNY.
Helen S. Mayberg, MD, appointed Director of the newly established Nash Family Center for Advanced Circuit Therapeutics as a novel joint effort by the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience and The Friedman Brain Institute.
The Department of Neuroscience is renamed the Nash Family Department of Neuroscience in recognition of decades of transformational philanthropic support by the Nash Family.
The Nash Family Department of Neuroscience is ranked #1 in NIH funding.
Anne Schaefer, MD, PhD, named Vice-Chair of the Nash Family Department of Neuroscience.
Two new Centers are created by the Department of Neuroscience and The Friedman Brain Institute: Mark G. Baxter, PhD, establishes and leads the Lipschultz Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Kristen Brennand, PhD, establishes and leads the Alper Center for Neural Stem Cell Research.
Kirstie Cummings, PhD awarded the 2020 Robin Chemers Neustein Postdoctoral Fellowship Award