The Research

The faculty members in Neuroscience and Mental Health Research have individual research programs covering memory processes, motivation, hormonal involvement in behavior and pathology, molecular biological processes in disease, inflammatory and neurotransmitter processes in psychological and neurodegenerative disorders, brain-immune interactions, and the contribution of stressors. This work is mostly done on a collaborative basis within the Department, as well as widespread collaborations both within Carleton (epidemiology, social psychology, social neuroscience, medical physics, biology and chemistry) as well as outside of Carleton (Robarts Institute, U Ottawa, McGill, Health Canada, National Wildlife, U Haifa, U Michigan, Royal Ottawa Hospital, and all sorts of others).

Researchers in Neuroscience and Health are productive and well funded (typically in excess of $1 million per year), includes two Canadian Research Chairs, and is presently the only unit at Carleton receiving research funding from each of the three members of the funding Tricouncil of Canada (the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council). Each of our faculty have the primary missions of innovation, research and student training. The last of these is fundamental to us, and to this end are intent on making sure that graduate and undergraduate students have rewarding experiences at Carleton, which invariably fosters and facilitates productivity and innovative, cutting edge research.

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The Programs

Since 2010, our graduate and undergraduate curricula have been extensively overhauled and updated, in a move that includes the design of over a dozen new courses focusing on cutting-edge research in Neuroscience and Mental Health. Navigate our graduate and undergraduate menus to learn about these new programs.

The Teaching

Neuroscience faculty at Carleton are excited about our discipline, that is obvious from the strength of our teaching. Students recently rated teaching by our faculty with an average score of 4.77/5.0 (academic year 2009-2010, based on the question “How do you evaluate the instructor?”) while our members have received a Faculty of Science Teaching Award, a Capital Educator’s Award, and two Top 20 placings in TVO’s Best Lecturer competition, all within the last 3 years.

The City

At Carleton, we have the distinct advantage of being situated in the nation’s capital, which offers our students unique opportunities. We also live in a city that is renowned, both at home and abroad, for its natural beauty and its quality of life, while our campus sits on a wedge between the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal, making it a beautiful, scenic space.

Known more as the seat of Canada’s federal government, Ottawa is also home to over 1,800 companies involved in the high tech industry, to over 130 embassies and high commissions, to numerous national museums and to a large percentage of Canada’s major medical, clinical and life sciences research centres. The city also has a reputation as being one of the most picturesque capitals in the world – with lots of neighbourhood parks and tranquil green spaces, waterways that wind through the city, and historical and architectural landmarks scattered throughout the city. Consistently ranked as one of Canada’s most liveable and safe cities, Ottawa is part big city, part small town.

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Thinking of making Ottawa the location for your studies? Start capitalizing on life in the nation’s capital. It has lots to offer – no matter where your tastes and interests lie, you’ll find something here for you!

Ottawa is an exciting place to be a research scientist. Members of the Department of Neuroscience have active collaborations with other neuroscientists in Ottawa both at the University of Ottawa, and at Health Canada. There are also great opportunities for links between students at these different research institutes, such as the Ottawa Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, which is a joint venture between the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.

Another benefit to studying in Ottawa are the Parliamentary work opportunities available to students such as the House of Commons Page Program, the Senate Page Program or the Parliamentary Guide Program. The Page Programs give students an excellent chance to learn about the Canadian parliamentary system, its culture, values, and objectives.