Research Groups

DIBS supports the development of research groups to focus scholarship on key areas broad enough to engage the full spectrum of the brain sciences at Duke. DIBS research groups are united by a common interest in an area of brain science that is especially suited to advancement by interdisciplinary study and are co-convened by faculty, postdocs, students, and staff from across campus. Each research group has developed a balanced program addressing both fundamental and translational issues. The research groups receive funding from DIBS to develop programs such as journal clubs, guest speaker series, workshops, and larger-scale meetings.

  • Cognitive, Auditory, & Neural Bases of Language & Speech (CANBLS)

  • Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience (CTNRG)

  • Neurohumanities

  • Neuroimmunology & Glia (NGG)

  • DIBS Methods Meetings is a bi-weekly workshop series focusing on methods, statistics, and modeling techniques in neuroscience. The goal of this workshop series is to jumpstart the use of state-of-the-art tools by providing trainees with a source of accessible tutorials and journal articles. Workshops range from introductory to advanced topics, so there is something to learn for everyone. Past workshops have focused on data visualization. Bayesian statistics, version control (git), programming in R and Python, and professional development. In addition to holding these workshops during our meetings, workshops are archived here to make materials available for anyone who cannot attend. For more information or to join the mailing list (, contact Kevin O'Neill at

  • Philosophy and Neuroscience Journal Club. In this group, philosophically minded scientists and scientifically minded philosophers convene to discuss topics at the intersection of neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy. The goal is to give scientists interested in philosophy an opportunity to learn more about the field, to give philosophers interested in neuroscience an avenue to learn directly from scientists, and to foster interdisciplinary thinking and collaborations. In addition to reading published work, the group often hosts speaker events that allow members to engage directly with scholars doing cutting-edge interdisciplinary work. Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to attend. For more information or to have your name added to the listserv, please contact Maria Khoudary at