The Collaborative Program in Neuroscience (CPIN) is a graduate program offering masters and doctoral degree specialization through the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto (note: this is not a degree in neuroscience but rather a specialization. Students who fulfill all CPIN requirements receive a notation on their transcript and an official document of program completion). It is the largest collaborative neuroscience graduate program in Canada. There are over 400 faculty members and over 300 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, from sixteen academic departments across seven faculties at the University of Toronto participating in the program. The CPIN faculty members and trainees are located at the University of Toronto and its affiliated teaching hospitals/research institutes. Such a large and versatile community provides the strong basis to cultivate a successful training program supporting excellence, collaboration, innovation, and translational and trans-disciplinary research activities.
The CPIN is funded by fifteen Academic Departments across six Faculties at the University of Toronto. The lead faculty of the program is the Faculty of Medicine. The CPIN reports to the Vice Dean Graduate Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine and the CPIN program is reviewed by the School of Graduate Studies and the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies. The Administration of the CPIN is managed under the Department of Physiology.
The purposes of the CPIN are to:
1) foster a proactive collaborative neuroscience graduate/trainee program at the University of Toronto
2) recognize and promote excellence, and enhance visibility of the graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the neuroscience program at the University of Toronto
3) create an environment increasing the versatility of the graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for their career development
4) enhance the national and international recognition of the University of Toronto neuroscience educational program
5) attract excellent graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to the University of Toronto