About UNMC and Omaha

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Wittson HallThe University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is a unit of the University of Nebraska system which also includes the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the University of Nebraska at Kearney. UNMC is the health sciences training center for the state of Nebraska and includes the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry, and the School of Allied Health Professions. 

The Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience is located in the College of Medicine along with other basic science and clinical departments.

The UNMC campus contains over 30 buildings in the area of 10 square blocks in midtown Omaha with nearly 10,000 students, staff and faculty.

Research activities in the department are enhanced by various research core facilities on the UNMC campus. These include a monoclonal antibody production core, a peptide and nucleotide synthesis core, protein structure core facility, DNA sequencing core, flow cytometry and cell sorting, large scale mammalian cell production facility, molecular modeling facility, mass spectrometry, microbial growth facility, NMR spectroscopy, P-3 recombinant DNA facilities, scanning electron microscopy laboratory, transmission electron microscopy, clinical and pathology laboratories, biomedical instrumentation, biomedical communications, computing services, and other general use research facilities.

The Leon S. McGoogan Library of Medicine located on the UNMC campus is a major health and biological sciences resource library. The McGoogan Library is one of seven headquarters for the Midcontinental Regional Medical Library Program, providing library services to a six-state region. The library contains more than 220,000 bound volumes and a collection of more than 2,300 journals.

City of Omaha


The city of Omaha is located among rolling hills on the west bank of the Missouri river. Omaha is also Nebraska's largest city, having a population of 600,000 in the metropolitan area. With the combination of a strong economy, various recreational and cultural opportunities, good schools, a low crime rate, and affordable housing, Omaha is rated as one of the top 10 US cities for quality of living. Omaha is home to the well-known Henry Doorly Zoo which has the world's largest indoor tropical jungle habitat. The city of Omaha is also the site of the NCAA College World Series. Other spectator sports include professional baseball (Omaha Royals), and hockey (University of Nebraska Division 1 and Junior Lancers), college sports at University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and Creighton University (in Omaha).

Cultural activities include the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Omaha, Opera Omaha, many small theatre production companies, the Joslyn Art Museum, and various art galleries. Omaha often hosts nationally prominent performers in music, theater, and dance. Major musical and theatrical performances are also held in Lincoln at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts (50 miles away). In Omaha there are a large number of establishments presenting live music of a wide variety (modern, reggae, blues, country, jazz, etc.). Many of these are found in the popular "Old Market" section of downtown Omaha, an area containing many unique restaurants, clubs, shops, and galleries.