The Graduate Program in Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary program administered under the Faculty of Medicine and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia. It offers a coordinated program of graduate studies leading to MSc and PhD degrees in Neuroscience. The objective of the program is to educate graduate students as neuroscientists with intensive experience in at least one area of research, and to ensure that students in the program develop a broadly based knowledge of the neurosciences.

The program is comprised of more than 120 faculty members representing 20+ departments from the Faculties of Medicine, Science and Arts at the University of British Columbia. Laboratory and teaching areas are located across the UBC campus, at UBC Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital.

Our faculty have research collaborations that span across departments, industries, and international borders. Although the program is inter-departmental, various regular seminars, journal clubs, and invited lectures provide ample opportunity to meet and discuss current topics in neuroscience. The program encourages its graduate students to participate in the many academic and social events organized by the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and by the program’s student association.

Leadership and Administration


Dr. Miriam Spering

Dr. Spering is a neuroscientist whose research focuses on how we process visual information and interact with our environment through motor actions. She leads the Oculomotor Laboratory at UBC and works with many populations, including people living with Parkinson’s disease, to learn how the inability to see things properly can change the way we interact with the world.


Emily Palmer

Research Sites and Partner Institutions

Our faculty conduct research at sites across the UBC Point Grey Campus and the City of Vancouver.