Scripps Florida - The Scripps Research Institute Department of Neuroscience

Department of Neuroscience


Ronald L. Davis

As the founding Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Scripps Florida, I would like to welcome you to our Departmental website. As you will read here, we have a collection of outstanding research programs focusing on the brain, on disorders of the brain, and on developing therapeutics for these disorders. Our program began September of 2009 when I was recruited to take the lead in developing neuroscience research at Scripps Florida. I was drawn to Scripps Florida because of the promise for building an outstanding department of Neuroscience embedded within an outstanding and internationally recognized research enterprise – the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) – one of the country’s largest, private, non-profit biomedical organizations. TSRI has a remarkable and lengthy track record of major contributions to the betterment of health and the human condition. We are extending that track record in the Department of Neuroscience at Scripps Florida with a focus on brain function and dysfunction. In addition, Scripps Florida is located on the Jupiter Campus of the Florida Atlantic University along with the Max Plank Florida Institute. Florida Atlantic University is one of the most progressive and upcoming universities in the country, and the Max Plank Institute offers a neighboring research institute with outstanding scientists for collaborations and other scientific interactions.

We have four broad goals. First, we seek to make fundamental discoveries about how the brain works through intensive, collaborative, and multidisciplinary basic research. Second, we seek to discover the biological basis for disorders of the brain. Third, we wish to develop new cures and therapies for the disorders that impair brain function. And fourth, we want to provide the most outstanding environment for the training of the next generation of brain scientists. The latter goal is particularly important because the brain and brain disorders are exceedingly complex problems. Complete solutions for these will require additional generations of well-trained and dedicated neuroscientists. You will find more information about training programs for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows under the link TRAINING PROGRAMS.

Our strategy for achieving these goals is straightforward: (1) Recruit the best and brightest faculty that are passionately engaged in their research. A description of our outstanding faculty and their interests are included at the FACULTY link. One mark of success is the ability of research faculty to attract extramural funding. I am proud that the Department of Neuroscience across our short existence has matured to rank 10th in the nation in NIH funding when compared to other such departments at U.S. medical schools, using data collected and compiled for 2015 by the independent Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. (2) Identify and recruit the best and brightest researchers including laboratory technicians, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows that have a burning desire to learn and contribute to the research projects of our faculty. (3) Provide our researchers with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to aid in their research programs. (4) Engage the public section in our endeavors. We are fortunate to have extremely strong support from the public in Palm Beach County and the state of Florida. This is incredibly important as cutting-edge science is filled with setbacks and some failures. The cheerleaders that we have in the public sector provide support and increased motivation to reach our goals. We thank them for their efforts and support. Some of the named giving opportunities are listed under the GIVING link along with a description of the research supported by the funds.

Again, thank you for your interest and visiting the Scripps Florida Department of Neuroscience.

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Ron Davis, Chair
Department of Neuroscience
Scripps Florida