Carnegie Mellon Launches $75 Million Brain Research Initiative

Carnegie Mellon Launches $75 Million Brain Research Initiative

Carnegie Mellon University has announced the launch of a five-year, $75 million research initiative to advance understanding of how the structure and activity of the brain give rise to complex behaviors.

Leveraging CMU's strengths in computer science, neuroscience, psychology, and engineering, CMU BrainHub will work with scientists at the University of Pittsburgh, Sun Yat-sen University in China, the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, and Oxford University and the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom to develop innovative computational and technological tools for studying the links between brain and behavior. The initiative aims to provide new insights into topics such as cognition, learning, and perception, as well as brain disorders such as autism and Parkinson's disease, and will work to promote the dissemination and commercialization of the most promising of its discoveries.

Funding for the initiative includes existing funding, new funding, and in-kind contributions from a number of funders and donors, including the Hillman Family, Richard King Mellon, and Dietrich foundations; Kris Gopalakrishnan, co-founder of Infosys; public-sector agencies; and internal CMU commitments.

"Carnegie Mellon is home to some of the world's top scientists investigating brain function and human behavior," said Carnegie Mellon president Subra Suresh. "We also are home to the preeminent computer science program in the country and a world-class engineering school. By combining these areas of expertise, along with CMU's renowned talents in data sciences, the science of learning, policy, and cybersecurity, we will enable innovative computational approaches to understanding brain function and dysfunction, as well as facilitate the development of tools to unravel the complexities of the human mind."