Brain Observatories Live Webcast

The Kavli Foundation had a live (Hangout On Air) webcast on October 30, 2015 about the proposal for a national network of neurotechnology centers, or 'brain observatories.'

Three of the paper’s authors – Miyoung Chun of The Kavli Foundation, Michael Roukes of the California Institute of Technology and Rafael Yuste of Columbia University – answered the public's questions about what these observatories could achieve.

Kavli Foundation

The Kavli Foundation is continuing its support for the goals of the BRAIN Initiative and for innovative brain research. Consistent with its commitment in 2013, Kavli and its University Partners have commited $100 Million to brain research by forming three new Kavli Institutes in addition to supporting its existing four institutes.

The Kavli Foundation, based in Oxnard, California, is dedicated to the goals of advancing science for the benefit of humanity and promoting increased public understanding and support for scientists and their work.

Brain Observatories

The authors of the original proposal for the Brain Activity Map (BAM) Project, which inspired the White House's BRAIN Initiative, are proposing the creation of a national network of neurotechnology centers.

These "brain observatories" would enhance and accelerate the BRAIN Initiative by leveraging the success and creativity of individual laboratories to develop novel neurotechnologies.

Brain Observatories Live Webcast Oct. 30, 2015

Kavli video on the BRAIN Initiative

The Kavli Foundation has made possible an inspiring five minute video on the BRAIN Initiative. This video was produced by The Science Network in collaboration with Science Visualization.

Kavli Foundation sponsored numerous symposiums and informal meetings in 2011 through 2013 that developed the initial concept for the BRAIN Inititative. Over 100 neuroscientists participated in these meetings which resulted in the Brain Activity Map Project proposal that "would prove important to the scientific thinking behind the BRAIN Initiative, as well as a major catalyst for its launching."

Institute for Brain Science @Columbia

The Kavli Institute for Brain Science at Columbia University probes the complex network of brain cells and their connections.

Led by Eric Kandel, M.D. (2000 Nobel laureate), and co-directors Thomas Jessell (2008 Kavli Prize laureate) and Rafael Yuste (Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute), the Institute uses advanced imaging technology to observe neurons, synapses, and neural circuits as they develop and function, and as they respond to learning.

Institute for Neuroscience @Yale

The Kavli Institute for Neuroscience at Yale University studies the neurobiological basis of human thought. Following a broad multidisciplinary strategy, it examines how the nerve cells and synaptic circuits of the cerebral cortex enable humans to learn about the outside world and to remember what they already have learned.

Toward this end, it 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.

Institute for Brain and Mind @UCSD

Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind (KIBM) researchers bridge disciplinary boundaries to further understanding of the origins, evolution and mechanisms of human cognition, from the brain's physical and biochemical machinery to the experiences and behaviors we call the mind.

Its advisory board includes scientists and clinicians from UCSD departments of cognitive science, neurobiology, psychology, psychiatry, neurosciences, radiology, and philosophy. The Scripps Research Institute, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and The Neurosciences Institute are also represented on the KIBM board.

Institute for Systems Neuroscience @NTNU

How do we know where we are, where we have been and where we are going? These are questions that the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) aims to answer.

The Institute 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.

Neuroscience Discovery Institute @JHU

The mission of the new Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute (Kavli NDI) at JHU is to bring together neuroscientists, engineers and data scientists to investigate neural development, neuronal plasticity, perception and cognition.

The Kavli Foundation award is a tremendous honor, because it allows Johns Hopkins to build on our history of pioneering neuroscience and catalyze new partnerships with engineers and data scienctists that will be essential to building a unified understanding of brain function,” said Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels.

Neural Systems Institute @Rockefeller

The Kavli Neural Systems Institute (Kavli NSI) at The Rockefeller University will promote interdisciplinary research and learn to tackle the biggest questions in neuroscience through high-risk, high-reward projects and the development of new research technologies.

“Kavli’s investment in neuroscience at Rockefeller will enable us to create and share new research approaches and laboratory technologies to capture the possibilities of neuroscience from the micro to the macro level,” said Rockefeller President Marc Tessier-Lavigne, PhD.

Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience @UCSF

The Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience (Kavli IFN) at UCSF will focus initially on understanding brain plasticity, the remarkable capacity of the brain to modify its structure and function.

The Kavli IFN will partner with engineers at two San Francisco Bay-area national laboratories to develop new tools and approaches to brain research.“UCSF scientists have made some of the seminal discoveries in modern neuroscience,” said UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS. “The Kavli Institute will sustain this rich tradition into the 21st Century.”

Kavli and University Partners Commit $100 Million to Brain Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thursday, October 1, 2015 – The Kavli Foundation and its university partners announced today the commitment of more than $100 million in new funds to enable research aimed at deepening our understanding of the brain and brain-related disorders, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI), Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

The majority of the funds will establish three new Kavli neuroscience institutes at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU), The Rockefeller University and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Special Symposium: Neuroscience in the 21st Century

October 1, 2-5 pm EDT
Webcast from Washington, D.C.
Moderated by Alan Leshner, CEO Emeritus, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Hosted by The Kavli Foundation

This special "mini-symposium"looked at the future of neuroscience and the BRAIN Initiative by hearing from some of the nation’s top neuroscientists, as well as leaders from key federal funding agencies..

Bolstering the Investment in Brain Research

Bipartisan Briefing from Capitol Hill on a new commitment to support brain research and an update on the BRAIN Initiative.

October 1, 2015 at 9:30 - 11:00 am EDT
United States Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by The Kavli Foundation

Rockell N. Hankin, LLB – Kavli

Rockell N. Hankin is Chairman of the Board of Semtech Corporation, an analog semiconductor company (Nasdaq) and Chairman of the Board of The Kavli Foundation.

Mr. Hankin has been Chairman or a Board member of seven other listed companies and eleven private companies, as well as other charitable organizations. He has taught courses in business and law at UNC (Charlotte), UCLA and USC Law School.

Robert W. Conn, PhD – Kavli

Robert W. Conn is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Kavli Foundation and Zable Professor and Dean, Emeritus, of the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego.

Dr. Conn is widely recognized for his academic achievements and leadership in education and research and for his experience in the private sector.

Miyoung Chun, PhD – Kavli

Miyoung Chun is Executive Vice President of Science Programs at The Kavli Foundation.

Dr. Chun’s career spans a wide range of experience in academia and industry. Her academic career began as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and a member of Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute at Boston University School of Medicine in 1995. There she taught in the areas of cell biology and molecular medicine, and conducted research in signal transduction of G-protein coupled receptors.

Fred Kavli

Fred Kavli (1927-2013), a Norwegian-born U.S. citizen, was a physicist, entrepreneur, business leader, innovator and philanthropist dedicated to supporting research and education that has a positive, long-term impact on the human condition.

He established The Kavli Foundation to advance science for the benefit of humanity. Based in Southern California, the Foundation today includes an international community of basic research institutes in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience, and theoretical physics.

Kavli Foundation: Introduction to Neuroscience

Narrated by Alan Alda, this introduction to neuroscience gives us a brief overview of the field and illuminates some of the interesting questions being currently researched.

Published on March 6, 2008 by Kavli Foundation

The Brain or the Universe – Where Does Math Come From?

On Aug. 7th, science writer Bruce Lieberman asked your questions of three leading scientists -- two neuroscientists and one astrophysicist -- about math and the mind.

Brian Butterworth, Rafael Núñez, and astrophysicist Max Tegmark discuss where math comes from.

August 7, 2013 organized by the Kavli Foundation

The Microbiome & the Brain – A New State of Mind

Neuroscientist Christopher Lowry discusses the emerging science, that's connecting the microbiome – the community of microbes that inhabit the body – with brain health including whether we can treat common brain disorders through the gut.

Lindsay Borthwick is moderating the discussion.

Organized by the Kavli Foundation Jan. 15, 2015

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