The Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind (B&M) is one of eight doctoral programmes of the Doctoral School in Health Sciences (DSHealth) at the University of Helsinki. B&M is based on a multidisciplinary network of leading neuroscience research groups at the University of Helsinki and Aalto University. The doctoral candidates have a background in medicine, biosciences, psychology, cognitive sciences, humanities, pharmacology, medical technology, physics or chemistry.
Research and doctoral training in the B&M includes the following fields of science:
- Developmental neuroscience
- Excitability, synaptic transmission, and neuronal networks
- Disorders of the nervous system
- Sensory and motor systems
- Neuroimmunology, neuroendocrine systems and sleep
- Cognition and behavior
- Systems and computational neuroscience
The research strategies are strongly integrative, implying that questions are addressed at different levels of organization (from molecules to behavior), at different stages of development, and under both normal and pathophysiological conditions. In addition to basic research, a number of the research groups are also developing applications relevant for pharmaceutical companies, for the clinic, and for novel technologies to be used in research.
The B&M doctoral candidates will carry out research in a research group and write a doctoral thesis based on this work. The University of Helsinki hosts many internationally prominent neuroscience research groups and the Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind links researchers and lecturers especially within the biosciences, biomedicine and psychology. This active neuroscience community offers unique opportunities for research and doctoral studies in state-of-the-art facilities and an inspiring research-oriented atmosphere.