The firing pattern of a rat’s grid cell as the animal moves around in a one-meter square box. (Graphic cropped) Credit: Jonathan Whitlock

"My goal in establishing these institutes is to support research at the frontiers of science. I feel that it is especially important to pursue the most far-reaching opportunities and challenges and to seek answers to the most fundamental questions." - Fred Kavli, Founder, The Kavli Foundation

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Kavli Institute for Brain Science at Columbia University examines the brain at the cellular, molecular, and systems level to understand how the nerve cells of neural circuits connect during development to control behavior, and how these neural circuits perform and are modified by learning and memory. Eric Kandel is director; Thomas Jessell and Rafael Yuste are co-directors. Read More


Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind at the University of California, San Diego seeks to discover the physical and biochemical processes that underlie learning, consciousness, memory, emotions and perhaps even political views. Nicholas Spitzer and Fred "Rusty" Gage are co-directors; Ralph Greenspan is associate director. Read More

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Kavli Institute for Neuroscience at Yale University fosters discussion and innovative research among Yale neuroscientists from multiple disciplines, enabling them to contribute novel ideas and approaches in research on cortical evolution, development, organization and function. Pietro De Camilli is director and David McCormick is vice-director. Read More


Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology seeks to unlock the secrets of memory by studying the neural microcircuits and networks in the hippocampus and associated areas of the brain, where memory is encoded, stored and retrieved. It focuses in particular on the memory of place and direction that underlies our spatial navigation skills. Edvard Moser is director and May-Britt Moser is co-director. Read More


Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute at Johns Hopkins University unites neuroscience, engineering and data science to probe the inner workings of the brain. It focuses on conducting large-scale experiments, buiding innovative research tools and developing new methods of data management and analysis to understand the relationship between brain and behavior. Richard Huganir is director and Michael Miller is co-director. Read More


Kavli Neural Systems Institute at The Rockefeller University seeks to generate new knowledge about the brain at many levels, from single cells to circuits to the whole brain. The ultimate goals is to integrate these different neural systems into a unified view of the brain. Cori Bargmann and Jeffrey Friedman are co-directors; Leslie Vosshall is associate director. Read More


Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco aims to advance our understanding of neuroplasticity, the brain's extraordinary ability to change over time. The Institute builds bridges between UCSF neuroscientists and engineers at nearby national laboratories to develop transformative tools for brain research. Loren Frank and Roger Nicoll are co-directors. Read More