The Berkeley Brain Initiative —
Connecting the Brain and Mind
The human brain defines who we are as individuals and as part of a society. It can fuel astonishing achievements. It can fail from devastating disorders and diseases. So much is at stake in understanding how this dauntingly complex organ permits us to perceive and comprehend the world.
Through the Berkeley Brain Initiative, we are convening our best minds to spark breakthrough knowledge of brain function and to spawn transformative technologies that will address this societal grand challenge. Our campus is uniquely suited to pursue this broad-scale effort to drive discoveries that will make meaningful impacts on our lives.
By building on our world-leading excellence in cell biology, chemistry, computer science, and electrical engineering—and drawing unique connections to arts, linguistics, religious studies and philosophy—Berkeley has made a broad commitment to leverage our formidable strength of diversity of talent in order to accelerate the fundamental understanding of the human brain and mind. Your gift will help us accomplish this critical mission for science and for society.
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Partners include:
College of Chemistry
College of Engineering
College of Letters & Science
Division of Biological Sciences
Division of Social Sciences
School of Optometry
Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
Brain Microscopy Innovation Center
Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses
Functional Genomics Laboratory
Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Molecular Imaging Center
Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience
Wheeler Brain Imaging Center