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The Department of Psychiatry of the University of Pittsburgh and its affiliate hospital, the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), has more than 220 primary faculty members trained in a wide range of disciplines that encompass clinical expertise across brain and behavioral disorders and the lifespan and a number of basic science domains. Priorities for the Department include first and foremost, to provide the highest quality care for the individuals who seek clinical services and their families; second, to promote the career development of faculty, trainees, and staff to further advance the level of expertise in all areas; and third, to pursue the discovery and dissemination of new scientific knowledge in order to develop personalized and preventative treatments for mental illness and addictive disorders.

CENTER FOR NEUROSCIENCE (CNUP)

The Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh (CNUP) is a multidisciplinary center with members whose primary appointments are in 21 different departments. Their research interests span the breadth of neuroscience, and a number of concentration areas involve diverse groups of scientists. CNUP has a sense of community highlighted by interactive and collaborative aspects in many of our research programs. One of the major responsibilities of CNUP is to oversee doctoral training in neuroscience at Pitt.

NIH BRAIN AND TISSUE REPOSITORY

The University of Pittsburgh houses one of the NIH NeuroBioBank (NBB) Brain and Tissue Repositories (BTRs). The NBB brings together multiple stakeholders to facilitate research advancement through the collection and distribution of human postmortem brain tissue. The NBB coordinates the collection, evaluation, processing, storage and distribution of nervous system tissue and associated clinical data via a federated network of brain and tissue repositories that span the United States in a transparent and standardized way for use by the broader research community for the study of neurological, psychiatric and developmental disorders.

CENTER FOR THE NEURAL BASIS OF COGNITION (CNBC)

The Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) is a joint venture of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. The center leverages the strengths of the University of Pittsburgh in basic and clinical neuroscience and those of Carnegie Mellon in cognitive and computational neuroscience to support a coordinated cross-university research and educational program of international stature. In addition to the PhD program in Neural Computation, CNBC sponsors a graduate certificate program in cooperation with a wide variety of affiliated PhD programs. Within the CNBC, over 200 world-class faculty and trainees are investigating the cognitive and neural mechanisms that give rise to biological intelligence and behavior. Research topics include affective, cognitive, linguistic, perceptual, motor and social systems in both normal and disordered populations, as well as computational neuroscience.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH (NIMH)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING (NIA)

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