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Virginia Tech Approved for School of Neuroscience

Friday, March 25, 2016  
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The Virginia Tech School of Neurosciences has been approved by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) for Virginia and will go into effect this upcoming fall. It will be housed in the Virginia Tech College of Science and headed by neuroscientist Harald Sontheimer.

SCHEV approved a bachelor’s of science in neuroscience in 2014, when the program was based in the College of Science’s Academy of Integrated Science. The bachelor’s and future graduate degrees will now be housed in the School of Neuroscience. The school promises to be a unique program in the nation, one that will study disorders of the brain, such as Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury, and the mind itself, including decision-making, behavior, and creativity.

“With the establishment of the first School of Neuroscience in the United States, Virginia Tech is taking a bold step signaling its unprecedented support for this fast-growing scientific discipline,” Sontheimer said in a statement. “…Students will be able to pursue a range of majors linked with neuroscience, including clinical, experimental, social, cognitive, computational modeling, and data systems, providing them with skills to succeed in professions ranging from biotechnology and medicine to business and law.”

“The approval of Virginia Tech’s new school of neuroscience is a major step in the university’s growth of the health sciences,” said Friedlander. “Dr. Sontheimer is one of the top neurobiologists in the world, in terms of his research, leadership, and educational activities. We’re extremely fortunate to have him here at Virginia Tech to lead this program.”

The incoming recruiting class will number roughly 150 students.

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