One of the most distinguishing features of neuroscience as a field of inquiry is its inherent interdisciplinary nature. Scientific research on the structure and function of the nervous system is conducted at multiple levels of investigation and employs many different approaches and methodologies. The questions posed in modern neuroscience often cut across traditional departmental boundaries. A distinct advantage of a strong research institution such as UW-Madison is the existence of a critical mass of faculty researchers who collaborate and share common approaches or research questions. Listed to the left are five broad research areas that are particularly strong in the Neuroscience Training Program at UW-Madison. The research areas listed are not inclusive of all research projects in the Program, but are meant to serve as a guide for prospective students as they begin to consider their graduate school career. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience, a number of faculty are listed under multiple areas.