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Flagship Initiative

Brain and Neural Sciences

The brain is one of the last great frontiers of medicine – one that will be explored at the Azrieli Institute for Brain and Neural Sciences.

The Weizmann Advantage

The Weizmann Institute of Science is in the perfect position to lead the charge, with an overarching goal of revealing new understandings of the brain, and paving the way towards treatments and cures for neurological diseases and disorders.

Bringing together Weizmann’s renowned neuroscientists and the advanced technologies that are transforming the field, the Brain and Neural Sciences initiative will drive breakthroughs in areas from autism to Alzheimer’s, dementia to depression, movement disorders to memory problems, neurochemistry to neuroimmunity. Research partnerships will span disciplines and the globe.

The Azrieli Institute for Brain and Neural Sciences will take neuroscience research into the future.

In order to finally understand the brain, a comprehensive approach is needed – one that combines a range of disciplines, a host of instrumentation and methodologies, and experts from across the sciences.

The Weizmann Institute possesses such diversity and capabilities, with more than 40 groups focused on neuroscience and multiple teams from other fields contributing to this work. Sophisticated equipment, such as the region’s only 7-Tesla MRI, advances the research.

Weizmann’s scientific community is close knit, collaborative, and agile, its scientists working together toward a common goal: truly comprehending the brain and developing treatments for its diseases and disorders. 

“As a passionate advocate and researcher of neuroscience, I invite you to learn more about the planned Azrieli Institute for Brain and Neural Sciences and the state-of-the-art building that will encompass more than 40 groups across campus investigating diverse aspects of the brain and nervous system.”

— Prof. Alon Chen, President of the Weizmann Institute

The Flagship Difference

A revolution in technology is driving a revolution in neuroscience, as researchers can now visualize, investigate, and understand the brain in ways not possible just a decade ago. Weizmann’s Azrieli Institute for Brain and Neural Sciences will leverage such developments and take neuroscience to new heights. A new, purpose-designed structure will provide the physical proximity and foster the interdisciplinary spirit needed to inspire collaborations. The initiative will combine excellence in neurobiology with insights from fields like chemistry, physics, linguistics, computer science, and engineering. And by attracting young neuroscientists and inspiring students to specialize in the field, it helps guarantee the growth and future of innovative brain research.

For the Benefit of Humanity

Brain-related conditions are on the rise: neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s; stress, depression, and other mental illnesses; and autism, ADHD, and other disorders all take a toll on the individual, their family, and society. In order to take aim at these challenges and shed light on the brain’s complexities, the Institute for Brain and Neural Sciences will have centers focused on perception, mental health, memory, cognition, neurodegeneration, learning, the aging brain, and other vital topics. By developing medicines and therapies that are truly effective, the Institute’s research could transform the lives of millions of people worldwide.

Its establishment offers naming opportunities for leadership gifts:

Center for Research on the Development of Neural Networks

How does the brain, with all of its complex neural networks, develop? What happens when the process goes awry?

Center for Research on Mental and Emotional Health

What prompts mental illness, what promotes resilience, and how can we manipulate these processes?

Center for Research on the Aging Brain

How does the brain transform in the aging process? Can this process be halted or reversed?

Center for Research on Injury and Regeneration

What happens to the nervous system when it is injured? How can we repair damage to the brain and spinal cord?

Center for Research on Perception and Action

How do we sense – inside and out – and how does the brain combine input from different sensory modalities to form a coherent picture?

Center for Research on Learning, Memory, and Cognition

How does our brain activity make us who we are – and how can we fix ourselves when this activity falters?

Center for Research on Neurodegeneration

What are the causes and trajectories of neurodegenerative diseases? How can they be prevented and cured?

Center for the Development of Innovative Technologies

Developing new technologies and techniques that are necessary to accelerate the pace of discovery across all the centers in the Institute for Brain and Neural Sciences.



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Please join us as we enter an exciting new era of discovery! Make a donation to support the next generation of Weizmann breakthroughs … for the future of humanity.

Questions? Get in touch!

Zohar Menshes

Executive Vice President

Larisa Claru

Director for Resource Development

Roberta Breiter

Roberta Breiter

Director for Resource Development DACH

Alexandra Ferenczy

Erez Manhaimer

Director for Resource Development
Central and Northern Europe