The Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney Institute for Brain Science brings together more than 180 world-class faculty and their research groups across 23 Brown University departments and its affiliated hospitals to foster game-changing research into how we think, feel and behave. We are pursuing research that has real-life, human applications—from brain-computer interfaces to aid patients with spinal injury and paralysis; innovative advances in computational neuroscience to address behavior and mood disorders; development of bioluminescent molecules to detect and control neuronal activity; to developing new methods for labeling neural circuits; and research into mechanisms of neurodegeneration as part of efforts to identify therapies for neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Furthermore, we support faculty recruitment as well as research and training opportunities for our brain science community, and operate state-of-the-art research facilities and instruments. We provide core facilities for brain imaging, brain stimulation, and behavioral analysis. We have also invested in advanced microscopy, genomic analysis, and computational support.