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Cognitive Science and Neuromodulation Program

The Department of Neurosurgery at Columbia University created a multidisciplinary Cognitive Science and Neuromodulation Program. This Program is designed as part of a broader Neuromodulation Center under development in Neurosurgery.


  1.  Integrate neurosurgical and noninvasive methods for advancing the fundamental understanding of the neurophysiological underpinnings of basic cognitive processes.
  2.  Apply this knowledge to improve our understanding of the neurobiological basis of neurological and psychiatric disorders.
  3. To further leverage these advances towards the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for disorders of the nervous system.

Charles Schroeder, PhD

Program Director:
Zobeida AltaGracia

Program Activities:

  • Coordinate research projects across disciplines and departments
  • Enhance patient recruitment and education for patient-centered research
  • Engage clinicians in research opportunities
  • Organize weekly business and Works in Progress meetings
  • Organize journal clubs
  • Coordinate student research involvement
  • Create outreach website (general public, scientists, physicians, patients’ corner, donors)
  • Host seminar speaker series
  • Coordinate fundraising activities
  • Organize training grants (e.g., Under-Represented Minority (URM) gateway)

patient journey

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