*** Starting Fall 2019 ***

The nervous system shapes who we are, what we do, and how we think, feel, and move. The Translational and Integrative Neuroscience (TRAIN) graduate specialization integrates with existing SFU departmental graduate programs (Master's and Doctoral) and is ideal for graduate students interested in interdisciplinary training in neuroscience. Graduate students in this specialization will develop strong problem-solving, critical-thinking, and communication skills to serve their future careers. Whether your aim is fundamental research, clinical application, industry-related, or any combination, you will leave with a broad understanding of the pathway from discovery to application to commercialization.

Understanding the function of the brain and its disorders has become increasingly important. This starts at the fundamental level. Although neuroscientists have made excellent progress, we still have much to learn, and we must work to translate fundamental knowledge into effective interventions and health technologies. Translational neuroscience research is the integration of, and transfer of knowledge between, basic-, clinical-, and community-based research; the design and testing of behavioural-, drug-, and neurostimulation-based interventions in clinical populations; and the development, testing, and commercialization of health technologies. Importantly, translation also involves communicating novel findings and promoting general neuroscientific concepts to the public. Our researchers are at the forefront of these endeavours, which have the potential to greatly benefit society. SFU is ideally situated to provide this graduate training, given its strong track record of health innovation and state-of-the-art neuroscience equipment. Accordingly, a critical component of the TRAIN graduate specialization is the series of translation-oriented workshops and activities students will engage in throughout their degree(s).

Overall, the goals of the TRAIN graduate specialization are threefold: (1) to provide integrative and interdisciplinary training in neuroscience at both Master's and Doctoral levels; (2) to prepare graduate students for careers within academia as well as for clinical and industrial research settings; and (3) to instil a translational mind-set in its graduates.

Specialization Requirements:

This specialization consists of course work and workshops for a minimum of 6 units. To receive the TRAIN specialization, students must complete both NEUR courses with a grade of B+ or higher.

Masters Requirements for TRAIN specialization

Students must complete all of

NEUR 800 - Foundations of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (3)

NEUR 801 - Foundations of Systems Neuroscience (3)

and participate in at least two TRAIN workshops (NEUR 802) over the course of their degree. Workshops will normally be offered approximately once per term and will be approximately 3 hours in duration.

Doctoral Requirements for TRAIN specialization

Students must complete all of

NEUR 800 - Foundations of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (3)

NEUR 801 - Foundations of Systems Neuroscience (3)

and participate in at least four TRAIN workshops (NEUR 802) over the course of their degree. Workshops will normally be offered approximately once per term and will be approximately 3 hours in duration.


**NEUR 800 and 801 will normally be offered in the Fall term, in alternating years. However, this is subject to change. Students are encouraged to consult course offerings through the SFU online system.

To Apply:

To enrol in the TRAIN graduate specialization, a student must be a thesis-based Master's or Doctoral student at SFU and must first be accepted into a home department (usually based on their senior supervisor's affiliation). Overall program requirements may vary depending on the home department or school.

Application to the TRAIN graduate specialization is through the TRAIN steering committee. The application form can be downloaded here.

For questions regarding the specialization, please contact us at: train@sfu.ca.

To receive the TRAIN specialization, a student must be in a thesis-based Master's or Doctoral program at SFU and receive a grade of B+ or higher in both NEUR 800 and NEUR 801.

Notes:

Currently, this specialization is only available to graduate students in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology, and Psychology. We anticipate other departments/schools to participate in this specialization in the future. All students, regardless of department or school, are able to enrol in NEUR 800 and 801. Enrolment in NEUR 802 is subject to availability.

Please check the SFU calendar for details on this specialization.

TRAIN Steering Committee:

Dr. Dan Marigold (BPK) - Chair

Dr. Sam Doesburg (BPK)

Dr. Ralph Mistlberger (PSYC)

Dr. Michael Silverman (BISC)