Penn Medicine Neuroscience Center

About the Center

PMNC Membership

Dear Colleague:

As the Co-Directors of the Penn Medicine Neuroscience Center (PMNC), we invite you to become a Member of the PMNC.  All faculty at Penn Medicine who work in any neuroscience-related area are welcome to become Members.

Our hope is that creating a formal PMNC membership category will provide a more focused self-identity to our neuroscience community, with advantages for both the community and individual faculty. The Penn Medicine Neuroscience community encompasses over 300 faculty in the primary neuroscience-related Departments of Neurology, Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry; the neuroscience-related departmental divisions within Anesthesiology & Critical Care, Medicine, Ophthalmology, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Pediatrics and Radiology; and neuroscientists in the Departments of Pharmacology, Cell and Developmental Biology, Genetics, and Physiology. That’s a large group, but one without an identifiable core group that brings together faculty working on basic, translational and clinical aspects of neuroscience. Formal Membership in the PMNC seeks to create that core constituency at the medical school and the health system.

For those who may not be familiar with our programs, the PMNC draws together physicians and scientists from every department, center, and institute within the Penn Medicine Neuroscience community. Established in 2006, the PMNC seeks to improve collegiality and interdisciplinary collaboration within the neuroscience community and to increase the visibility and image of the Penn Medicine Neurosciences among medical and scientific professionals and the general public. The PMNC has supported a number of activities including clinical and research cores, faculty retention and recruitment, seed grants and medical education. As its highest priority, the PMNC, reporting directly to J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, Dean, Perelman School of Medicine, strives to fully integrate neuroscience-related clinical care, research, and education programs by maximizing the strengths of Penn Medicine in concert with programs located in Penn schools and departments outside of the medical complex. The PMNC's overall goal is to make the Penn Medicine Neuroscience community “greater than the sum of its parts.”

The benefits of PMNC membership include:

  • direct invitations to apply for PMNC research pilot grants
  • discounted prices for use of PMNC research cores
  • opportunities to participate in resource allocation discussions
  • opportunities to participate in recruitment and retention discussions
  • access to the Clinical Neuroscience Track seminars and social functions
  • access to a robust website ( with up-to-date information of interest to the Penn Medicine Neuroscience community
  • opportunity to place faculty academic profiles on the website as a means to promote collaborations between basic scientists and clinicians
  • opportunity to highlight faculty research and/or clinical programs to the wider neuroscience community through the PMNC newsletter
  • direct invitations to attend neuroscience-related forums and programs (most recently, FY 14’s Symposium on “Neural Repair: Molecular Mechanisms to Clinical Approaches”) 
  • direct notification of all new PMNC initiatives
  • opportunity to contribute to discussions that influence decisions on strategic investments and directions

The PMNC is also considering initiating a seminar series, with special opportunities for Members to present their work to the neuroscience community.

To apply for Membership, please click here and complete the form by September 30, 2014.  We look forward to welcoming you as a Member of the PMNC and to your participation in PMNC events.


Dwight L. Evans, MD and Amita Sehgal, PhD
Co-Directors, Penn Medicine Neuroscience Center


Click here to download the above letter and membershp form as a printable pdf