BRAIN Initiative

President Obama launched the BRAIN Initiative in April 2013. Aravi Samuel co-chaired a meeting sponsored by NSF to plan their role in the BRAIN initiative.  Joshua Sanes served on the NIH committee that developed the NIH plan for the Initiative. Follow the link to learn about current funding opportunities.

Refinement of the Retinogeniculate Synapse by Bouton Clustering.

Hong YK, Park S, Litvina EY, Morales J, Sanes JR, Chen C.

Upcoming Events

CBS Seminar

Encoding of action by the Purkinje cells of the cerebellum

Reza Shadmehr (Johns Hopkins)
Tue 4 Nov 1:00pm - NW 243

Sanes Lab

Wed 5 Nov 1:00pm - NW 243
CBS Seminar

Synapse reorganization in the living brain

Yi Zuo (UCSC)
Tue 11 Nov 1:00pm - NW 243


Hillery Metz (Hoekstra Lab)
Wed 12 Nov 1:00pm - NW 243
CBS Seminar


Matt Wilson (MIT)
Tue 25 Nov 1:00pm - NW 243
CBS Seminar


John Calarco (Harvard)
Tue 2 Dec 1:00pm - NW 243


Scott Linderman (Valiant Lab)
Wed 3 Dec 1:00pm - NW 243
CBS Seminar


Michael Crickmore (Children's Hospital)
Tue 9 Dec 1:00pm - NW 243


Xin Duan (Sanes Lab)
Wed 10 Dec 1:00pm - NW 243

What We Do

Researchers in the Center for Brain Science (CBS) are discovering the structure and function of neural circuits. We are investigating how these circuits govern behavior and vary between individuals; learning how they change during development and aging; and deepening our understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders, and their therapies. To accomplish this mission, CBS brings neuroscientists together with physical scientists and engineers to develop and deploy new tools for neuroscience. Headquartered in the new Northwest Building on Oxford Street in Cambridge, CBS has strong links throughout the neuroscience community at Harvard University. Members are drawn from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Harvard Medical School, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Harvard-affiliated hospitals.

Neuroengineering: what tools we need

Neuroimaging: what underlies our thoughts

Light Microscopy: what the brain looks like 

Electron Microscopy: what is the brain's nanostructure

Connectome Project: how the brain is wired

Swartz Program: how do we understand brain function

Education: what training we need