The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC)
ELSC is home to an internationally acclaimed brain research community, comprised of world-renowned scientists and faculty, talented postdoctoral scholars and students from across the globe. Encompassing a broad range of disciplines including anatomy, physiology, computer science, physics, and cognitive sciences, our scientists conduct groundbreaking research on the relationships between brain computations, neuronal circuits, and behavior.
At ELSC, biologists, cognitive neuroscientists and theoretical neuroscientists join forces to push the frontiers of brain treatment and repair, tackling some of the greatest scientific challenges of this century. Our key spheres of research include:
- Sensation and Perception – involving the study of sensory processing and the complex interactions between areas of the brain that generate conscious perception.
- Motor Control – defining general rules governing the motor system and developing novel approaches and techniques for treating motor disorders, including brain-machine interfaces.
- Artificial and Biological Intelligence – developing an understanding of deep learning, testing it as a viable model of brain function, and progressing AI by distilling our understanding of brain function into novel principles of learning, knowledge representations, computation, and intelligence.
- Brain Disorders – furthering our understanding of the typical and atypical brain, and developing treatment and repair strategies for brain and movement disorders.
Our ultra-modern facilities include a neuroimaging unit, a core microscopy unit, a fabrication lab, and a vector core facility, and our state-of-the-art laboratories are central to the ELSC research experience.