DIBS administers two formal educational programs (Trinity College’s Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience and the Graduate Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program, as well as the Consortium of Neuroscience Graduate Programs. DIBS also supports a variety of educational programs that bring together experts and learners (undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral and postgraduate fellows, and faculty) through a series of interdisciplinary seminars, journal clubs, outreach programs, mini-courses, workshops and symposia.

Len and student with brainLike the inner workings of the brain itself, the brain sciences reflect the integration of discovery from diverse sources of knowledge. The pursuit of understanding in the brain sciences continues to encompass academic domains traditionally represented by the natural sciences, the behavioral and social sciences, and the computational sciences. But now more than ever, the broad impact of discovery is extending beyond these disciplines, leading to new dialogues and new collaborations among brain scientists and people with expertise in law, business, philosophy, the arts and the humanities. Such new, interdisciplinary collaborations will produce answers to fundamental questions regarding brain function – answers that will transform our understanding of ourselves and the societies in which we live.

DIBS Colloquia take the form of specially designated seminars within departmental colloquia and seminar series across campus. The colloquia present prominent speakers whose research has broad resonance with faculty, students, postdocs and staff from across the University, helping to foster a community of brain scientists irrespective of schools, departments and disciplines.

DIBS Sponsored Journal Clubs are meetings of students, postdocs and faculty from diverse departments across campus to discuss recent papers and relevant and topical issues of interest to each group. These journal clubs provide a forum to learn the background and review the current literature related to topics relevant to a DIBS research theme in order to expand understanding and raise new ideas for potential collaborative work in these areas on campus.

DIBS ‘Transcending the Boundaries’ Workshops are day-long forums that focus on a particular theme that can benefit from the synergy of interdisciplinary collaboration. Workshops build a common knowledge framework about methods and research questions, identify Duke’s strengths and challenges at the intersections of these relevant disciplines, identify and engage potential sources of funding for new initiatives, and, ultimately, work to identify areas of targeted growth that can build a cohesive and productive intellectual community.

Proposals for Transcending the Boundaries Workshops are evaluated on a rolling basis. To submit a workshop proposal, please e-mail a one-page summary description of your proposed workshop along with a list of internal (and external, if this is desired) speakers for the event and what each speaker would bring to the theme. Contact Elizabeth Johnson (johnson@neuro.duke.edu), DIBS associate director. The speakers need not be formally invited to participate at the time of the proposal, so feel free to include a longer list of potential participants.

DIBS ‘Transcending the Boundaries’ Symposia are larger events than DIBS workshops and bring a large number of thematically-linked outside speakers to Duke for a one-to-two day conference. Due to the large scale of these events, they are held every other academic year. Previous symposia include:

2012-13: “Making Meaning: Origins of Communication

2010-11: “Free Will and Responsibility: Perspectives From Neuroscience, Psychology and Philosophy

2008-09: “Music and the Brain

To submit ideas for a Transcending the Boundaries Symposium, please contact Elizabeth Johnson (johnson@neuro.duke.edu), DIBS associate director. A symposium generally requires six months of planning in advance of the event, so early discussions are encouraged.

In concert with student and staff volunteers, DIBS also organizes and sponsors the annual Brain Awareness Week @ Duke. The event assists in a global campaign to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. More info.

Bass Connections: Brain and Society

This program will tackle complex issues facing society through problem-focused educational pathways and integrated project teams involving faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and professional students and undergraduates.

  • For information about the Brain and Society Theme, click here.

  • For Brain and Society information specific to students, click here.

  • For Brain and Society information specific to faculty, click here.

  • For information about the Bass Connections program at Duke, click here.