The Lipschultz Center for Cognitive Neuroscience

Diseases of the affect, cognition, and memory strike at the foundation of human nature and identity. The drive to understand disorders that impact these key facets of our experience, and to work toward discovering treatments for them, inspired us to pursue careers in cognitive neuroscience. At the Lipschultz Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, we aim to understand how behavior and cognition arise from the integrative activity of cells and circuits in the brain, across the lifespan and across species.

The explosion of sophisticated technical approaches in neuroscience allows more and more precise interrogation of the role of specific brain systems in behavior, but technology is only useful when applied in the context of theory and careful experimental design. In our work, we seek to be guided by fundamental problems in understanding cognition in the brain, rather than being led by particular techniques.

The most exciting insights into how complex cognitive functions arise from cellular activity in the brain have come forth at the interface between researchers working in different subfields of behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. This observation guides the interactions of scientists in the Lipschultz Center, where we aim for crosstalk among scientists with diverse interests and research questions. Here, we also have a strong philosophy of fostering diversity and inclusion of individuals from a variety of experiences and backgrounds in our research enterprise to promote new and innovative perspectives on the problems we are seeking to solve.

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, with its emphasis on open and collegial collaboration and exchange of ideas and expertise, provides an ideal setting for us to carry out our work. The researchers in the Lipschultz Center are well positioned within this remarkable intellectual atmosphere to make discoveries to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders of memory and cognition, and to help individuals that are faced with these challenging conditions. We look forward to helping improve the lives of people affected with cognitive disorders.

Erin L. Rich, MD, PhD
Co-Director, Lipschultz Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Peter H. Rudebeck, PhD
Co-Director, Lipschultz Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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