The Neuroscience & Public Policy Program responds to a growing need for neuroscientists with strong research and public policy or legal skills. Graduate of the Neuroscience & Public Policy Program will be well equipped to pursue careers in academia, government and the private sector.

Academic positions: Scientists trained in policy can selectively pursue projects relevant to current issues facing society and then work with policymakers so their research can have the maximum impact. Furthermore, faculty trained in neuroscience and public policy will be qualified to help universities grapple with challenges in educating students to appreciate the role of science in society. They may also help lead universities in areas such as human subjects research, conflict of interest, animal welfare, biological and chemical safety and security, patenting and more.

Government positions: Federal and state government are increasingly challenged to consider new laws and regulatory systems governing the application of new biological techniques such as genetic engineering, brain imaging and stem cells.  As these debates acquire political significance, scientists with skills that bridge the biological sciences and policy analysis or law will be called upon to fill positions on legislative staffs, at regulatory agencies and scientific institutions such as the National Institute for Health or the National Academy of Sciences.

Private Sector Positions: As research discoveries in neuroscience impact society, the need for sound policy and legal analysis will continue to grow. Private sector firms such as think tanks, consulting firms, foundations, and law firms are responding by hiring graduates with rigorous multidisciplinary training.

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