This is the age of the brain. A major emphasis of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH) is funding neuroscience research, particularly studies that investigatethe link between the brain, health, environment and behavior. Neuroscience is becoming
a popular undergraduate major, a focus of graduate studies, and an interdisciplinary
research theme atuniversities across the country.
The OSU Brain Initiative is a faculty-driven initiative that will be implemented in
Convening interested faculty members from across the university system to plan initial
steps of action
Exploring possible undergraduate and graduate training programs in neuroscience
Seeking funds for a state-of-the-art neuroscience research center that includes neuroimaging
Developing outreach programs to bring brain science to communities throughout Oklahoma
Mission, Vision and Values
We are the researchers, practitioners, educators and students of the Oklahoma State
University community conducting interdisciplinary, transformative and applied neuroscience.
We educate and train the next generation of neuroscientists to improve health and
well-being through neuroscience informed research and practice.
To advance knowledge and benefit society by bringing together educators, researchers
and practitioners across the OSU system to promote neuroscience education, research
Systems and Integrative Thinking
Innovative and Rigorous Approaches
The Oklahoma link
According to a recent survey by Child Trends and research by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Oklahoma currently
ranks in the lowest 10% on all measures of children's health and well-being and has
the highest rates of early life adversity. OSU received more than $11 million from
the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct research on adversity and brain
development, thus developing the Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity
The OSU Brain Initiative builds on this drive and fulfills our land-grant mission
to apply cutting-edge research to solve real-world problems and to train and educate
the next generation of scientists and educators.
The most advanced MRI system in the state is located at the OSU Biomedical Imaging
Center at the Hardesty Center for Clinical Research and Neurosciencein Tulsa. The OSU Biomedical Imaging Center houses the Siemens Magnetom 3 Tesla MRI.
The Prisma 3T MRI offers you an incredible look inside the human body, often with
shorter scan times than typical MRI systems. This is truly the future of medical imaging.
The OSU Biomedical Imaging Center brings research-grade MRI to a clinic setting, providing
patients and their doctors with the image quality that supports more advanced care.
Build research infrastructure and programming so that OSU will be known as a center
for neuroscience education and research, with a focus on topics relevant to Oklahoma
such as adverse childhood experiences, resilience and tribal communities.
Create neuroscience undergraduate and graduate programs and research opportunities
Foster an environment with opportunities for collaborative grant funding submissions.
Build a common language across disciplines.
Provide social and learning opportunities for neuroscience education and collaboration
(e.g., social events, mini-conferences, three-minute research presentations).
Create academic bridges between academic programs: bachelor's to master's/doctoral;
bachelor's to medical school.
Raise awareness in Oklahoma and beyond on the importance of understanding neural systems
to prevent and treat physical and mental health problems.
Bring recognition to OSU locally and internationally for neuroscience research and
education that has broad scientific impact.
Society for Neuroscience Tulsa Chapter
The chapter promotes and facilitates neuroscience networking among the Tulsa Neuroscience
community, creates awareness about the brain and its diseases and disorders, and focuses
on the development of younger neuroscientists.