The essence of who we are and how we experience life depends on maintaining a healthy, active brain. Our individuality as human beings is anchored to the lifetime memory of our personal experiences and accumulated knowledge. Therefore, understanding the brain mechanisms underlying learning and memory, and how these are affected by brain injury, disease and aging hold exceptional interest.
The Center for Learning and Memory at the University of Texas at Austin is comprised of a core group of neuroscientists with the shared goal of elucidating the mysteries that govern memory. The mission statements of the CLM reflect this goal:
- To extend scientific knowledge of the mechanisms governing learning and memory and improve the human condition by contributing toward the foundation of knowledge that is essential for understanding disorders of learning and memory including, brain injury, developmental disorders, neurodegenerative disease, aging and psychiatric disorders
- To foster collaborative research programs with clinical programs to integrate the diverse and complementary fields of study relevant to learning and memory
- To provide graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with un-paralleled scientific training and prepare them to be future pioneers in the field of learning and memory
- To establish the Center for Learning and Memory at UT Austin as a nationally and internationally recognized center for excellence in the neuroscience of learning and memory and to leverage this prominence to create a self-sustaining research program of scientific discovery