Exploring the brain

Exploring the Brain

Understanding how the brain works remains one of the greatest challenges in biology and medicine, encompassing some of the most important goals of contemporary science and lying at the core of neuroscience research. A basic desire to shed light on the principles governing consciousness, information processing, memory, sensation, emotions, communication and decision-making, has attracted numerous scientists from various disciplines. Aside from the desire to discover the fundamentals of neuronal and brain function, there is the drive, in our aging society, to delineate the mechanisms leading to brain dysfunction and to prevent and treat brain disorders.

In the last decade, it has become clear that understanding the mechanisms of brain function and dysfunction and advancing the treatment of brain disorders require at least three complementary practices:

  1. A broad interdisciplinary research approach combining experts from diverse fields such as biology, medicine, psychology, physics, mathematics, linguistics, engineering and computer sciences;
  2. Rapid translation of basic neuroscience research discoveries made in the laboratory into improvements in the clinical treatment of brain disorders;
  3. execution of the experiments by bright and well-trained neuroscientists.