Vision

The mechanisms of the brain, the workings of the mind, the complexities of human behavior—these are the challenges that define the scientific frontier for the Mortimer B. Zucker­man Mind Brain Behavior Institute.

The past 30 years have revolutionized our understanding of the biology of the brain, as new methods and tools have been used to explore the structure of its component neurons and circuits. Unraveling the details of how these neuronal networks function and how they encode human behavior remains a critical challenge. Grasping the implications for the health of the brain, mind, and nervous system is perhaps the greatest challenge facing 21st-century science.

To lead the way, Columbia University has established a comprehensive institute for the pursuit of interdisciplinary and collaborative research in brain science. Building on the University's distinguished history in the study and treatment of the brain, the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute will bring together 1,000 scientists in a single state-of-the-art engine of discovery—based at the Jerome L. Greene Science Center—now rising on the University’s new Manhattanville campus. It will form the hub of an even larger collaborative network of academics stretching across all disciplines—including the arts, economics, law, and medicine—and campuses, from Columbia University Medical Center to Morningside Heights and beyond.

Mortimer B. Zuckerman
At its root, this is an investment in accomplished schol­ars whose collective mission is both greater understanding of the human condition and the discovery of new cures for human suffering.Mortimer B. Zuckerman business leader and philanthropist