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Our Mission

To bring together the unique resources from a consortium of Atlanta colleges and universities to build a nationally recognized program that will (a) define the interaction of brain processes and complex behaviors, (b) create a cadre of interdisciplinary investigators focused on behavioral neuroscience, and (c) transfer relevant discoveries from the laboratory to the public.

Our Vision

To become an internationally recognized center for research elucidating the brain mechanisms of social behavior, that it educate new generations of research scientists and students in innovative, interdisciplinary ways of investigating these mechanisms, and that it transmit the excitement of behavioral neuroscience to the general public.



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Welcome to the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center. The CBN is an award-winning, interdisciplinary research consortium composed of more than 150 neuroscientists. The CBN celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2009, marking the tremendous strides made by center members in research and education that will have lasting impact on the field of neuroscience for decades to come.


Our researchers use cutting-edge techniques from brain imaging to molecular methods; they have identified a brain chemical that could have implications in treating autism; pioneered new methods to diagnose and treat post traumatic stress disorder; examined brain signaling systems related to obesity; and determined the genetic sequence of an antimicrobial protein found in the ink of a common sea slug -- a protein that could be used in the development of new products to prevent or kill damaging microbes and save the marine and healthcare industries billions of dollars each year.

When evaluated by the National Science Foundation, the Center was found to be "a model for the execution of science."


Through programs such as our Brain Camps for middle school, Institute on Neuroscience for high school, and BRAIN for undergraduates, we have created a unique pipeline approach to educating and training the next generation of neuroscientists.

The National Science Foundation has lauded the Center's public education program as "truly impressive in bringing science to the people."

History of the CBN

The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience was established in 1998 by a grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. In November 1999, the Center became one of the National Science Foundation's Science and Technology Centers and expanded to include seven institutions in Atlanta, Georgia (Georgia State University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse School of Medicine, and the three schools in the Atlanta University Center: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College) and other community partner organizations.

The CBN's original scientific focus was the neuroscience of social behaviors in the areas of affiliation, aggression, fear and reproduction and the emotional and regulatory processes that underlie them. In the intervening years, inclusion of additional behavioral neuroscientists at the participating institutions resulted in an expansion of the CBN's activities into the areas of memory, cognition, reward functions of the brain and positive emotional states. That process continues today as the CBN responds to the changing landscape of neuroscience and the evolving needs of its member institutions.


"Unlocking the Mind's Mysteries: Georgia State neuroscientists work to expand the understanding of the brain"

by Jeremy Craig, Georgia State University

"Profiles in Team Science"

A project of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Discovery Corps Program conducted by Deborah L. Illman at the University of Washington.

See CBN feature on pages 8-11.


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