DIBS Solicits Input from Duke Community Regarding New Strategic Plan

July 7, 2017

DIBS Strategic Plan


Dear Members of the Duke Brain Sciences Community:

It is with great enthusiasm for the future of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences that we write to request your input as the future strategic priorities for DIBS are charted.  The Institute’s mission is to advance interdisciplinary research and education that transforms our understanding of brain function and translates into innovative solutions for health and society.

Governance at DIBS has been restructured, and DIBS is now led by a Faculty Governance Committee (FGC).  A key purpose of this new structure is to promote deeper engagement of the faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars at Duke in setting the priorities for DIBS.  As members of the FGC, we seek to represent the entire Duke community of faculty, staff, and students who are passionate about brain sciences.   To this end, we invite you to reach out to us to share your thoughts, ideas, concerns, and suggestions.  You may submit your suggestions via this link. Alternatively, we would be pleased to hear your ideas by email, phone, or in person.  Our names are listed at the bottom of this message. 

Later this summer and in early fall, we will also be hosting a series of lunches, coffees, and open meetings.  In a subsequent email, we will send information about the times and locations of these meetings which will be held around the University campus and the Medical School.  We are eager to have the opportunity to converse with a large number of faculty, students, postdoctoral scholars, and all other members of the Duke community who wish to have a voice in shaping the future of DIBS.

After we have completed the information-gathering sessions, we will draft a strategic plan and circulate it throughout the community for your feedback.  This will be an inclusive, iterative process, which is designed to incorporate a wide range of views and interests. 

We look forward to hearing from you. 


Geri Dawson, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Psychology & Neuroscience (Chair)
Alison Adcock, Psychiatry 
Nicole Calakos, Neurology 
Kaf Dzirasa, Psychiatry, Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering 
Tobias Egner, Psychology & Neuroscience 
Warren Grill, Biomedical Engineering 
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Philosophy and Kenan Institute for Ethics
Fan Wang, Neurobiology
Len White, Orthopedic Surgery and DIBS 

Ex officio members:

Scott Huettel, Psychology & Neuroscience
Steve Lisberger, Neurobiology
Nicole Schramm-Sapyta, DIBS Chief Operating Officer

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