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Educational Programs

ION (Institute on Neuroscience)


The Institute on Neuroscience (ION)/Teach is an eight-week summer program sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and hosted by Georgia State University, Emory University and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. The program is seeking high school students who excel in science, as well as middle and high school teachers.

For online application materials, please visit the ION program website. All application materials must be submitted electronically or postmarked by Sunday, February 19, 2017.

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Community Outreach

Speaking Engagements

The Yerkes Research Center can be your source of information for groundbreaking health-care research taking place right here in Atlanta, about the scientific discovery process or just for scientific/research information. Our researchers can cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Neurological Disorders
  • Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson’s disease
  • Cognitive Decline in Aging
  • Drug Addictions
  • Fear and Anxiety
  • Genomics
  • Infectious Diseases, including HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB
  • Evolution and Cultural Transmission of Behavior
  • Similarities Between Humans and Great Apes
  • Transplantation Medicine

If you are interested in scheduleing a Yerkes researcher for a talk, please email

Curriculum Materials

The Institute on Neuroscience, an eight-week summer program for high school students and middle and high school teachers, is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, Emory University’s Neurosciences Initiative and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center.

Materials for grades 9 to 12.

Lesson 1: Build-A-Brain

    There are six documents associated with this lesson plan 

  1. Lesson Plan Overview (.pdf)
  2. Facilitator Guide (.pdf)
  3. Facilitator Worksheet (.pdf)
  4. Student Guide (.pdf)
  5. Overview of the Brain (.ppt)
  6. Peer Evaluation (.pdf)

Lesson 2: Hot Salsa/What Happens When You Eat Spicy Foods?

    There are six documents associated with this lesson plan 

  1. Facilitator Guide (.pdf)
  2. Student Guide (.pdf)
  3. The American Biology Teacher How-To-Do-Its – Hot Salsa: A Laboratory Exercise Exploring the Scientific Method
  4. Scientific Method and Experimental Design (.ppt)
  5. Rubric for Assessment of a Formal Lab Report (.pdf)
  6. Peer Evaluation (.pdf)

Lesson 3: Sleep Deprivation

    There are six documents associated with this lesson plan

  1. Lesson Plan Overview (.ppt)
  2. Facilitator Guide (.pdf)
  3. Data Sheet (.pdf)
  4. Data Table (.pdf)
  5. Rubric for Assessment of a Formal Lab Report (.pdf)
  6. Peer Evaluation (.pdf)

Supplemental Materials

Animals In Research

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Thank Research Poster Research In Action Investigation:Animal

Science In Action

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Careers in Research Connecting Human
& Biological Health
Exploring Life
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Investigation: GMOs Lab Notes: Nutrition Super Scientists

Thank you to the California Society for Biomedical Research for use of this educational material.

Misc Educational Material

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Brain Facts Booklet Primate Centers Brochure

Additional Resources

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