Neuroscience Institute

From the molecular to the philosophical- explore how the brain develops, functions, and learns.

Neuroscience is an exciting and rapidly growing interdisciplinary field encompassing the study of the nervous system and its role in regulating behavior. Students will examine the structure of the brain through hands-on dissection, learn how sensory systems detect stimuli in the environment and how drugs affect the brain, and visit active neuroscience labs as well as conduct exciting neuroscience experiments.

At a Glance

Dates: June 7-12, 2020 or June 21-26, 2020

Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school and incoming college freshman

Program Length: 1-week sessions

Program Tuition: $2,600

Location: Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University Reynolda Campus

Overnight or Day Program: Overnight

*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all Neuroscience Institute participants.


What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered

  • Neuro Anatomy
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Electrophysiology
  • Neuroimaging
  • Artificial Intelligence/Modeling
  • Neurobiology and Disease

Hands-On Experience:

  • On-site visit to neuroscience labs at Wake Forest University
  • Explore neuroanatomy by dissecting your own sheep brain
  • Observe electrophysiological experiments 
  • Tour the neuroimaging facility at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine

*Hands-on experiences are subject to change.

Neuroscience Institute Costs:

Reynolda Campus (Residential Program) | $2,600

A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am – Arrive and breakfast
  • 9:00 – 9:30 am – Welcome and program introduction
  • 9:30-10:00 am – Brain observatory
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Visit to the neurophysiology lab
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 – 3:30 pm – Neuroanatomy with human brain
  • 3:30 – 4:30 pm – Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • 4:30 – 5:00 pm – Neuroimaging experiments
  • 5:00 – 5:30 pm – Debrief for the next day
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Evening activities
  • 7:30 – 9:00 pm – Free time
  • 9:00  – 10:00 pm – Prepare for bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights out

*This “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is based upon the 2018 curriculum and is subject to change. 

David Klorig

Academic Leader, Neuroscience

David Klorig received his PhD in Neuroscience at Wake Forest in 2014. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Dwayne Godwin. Dr. Klorig’s research focuses on normal and pathological rhythmns of the brain, including normal sleep rhythmns involved in long-term memory storage and pathological rhythmns involved in seizure. He uses state-of-the-art techniques to identify and understand the organizing principles of the brain using an iterative process of technical development, experimentation, and computational modelling. His findings also form the basis of a collaborative effort to improve treatment strategies for epilepsy by identifying and characterizing mechanisms of seizure initiation and propagation, and an NIH-funded project to identify novel therapeutic approaches to treating alcohol-withdrawal induced hyperexcitability and seizure.


Dorothy Dobbins

Academic Leader, Neuroscience

Dorothy Dobbins is a PhD student in the department of Neurobiology at Wake forest University working in the laboratory of Dr. Dwayne Godwin. Her current doctoral studies are aimed at exploring the mechanisms of hyperexcitability induced by alcohol withdrawal through in-vitro recordings using optogenetic techniques. Her research specifically focuses on the local network interactions and physiology of the hippocampus and calcium regulation. These investigations have the potential to progress the understanding of addiction, withdrawal and seizure mechanisms, while additionally exploring therapeutic potentials to address these effects of alcohol addiction.

Dorothy additionally assists with a VA sponsored project to investigate the distinctions between of traumatic brain injury from other psychiatric disorders through examination and analysis of of cognitive tasks and neural processing with the use of MEG.