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Our Science

We believe that understanding how the brain works — and gives rise to mind and behavior — is the most urgent and exciting challenge of our time.

Depleted cell numbers in the CA2 brain region (blue) of a mouse, which cause deficits in social memory (Credit: Vivien Chevalyre/Gogos Lab/Columbia's Zuckerman Institute/Columbia University Medical Center).

Discover the Brain

At Columbia's Zuckerman Institute, we are conducting pioneering research into critical aspects of the brain — how it develops, performs, endures and recovers — gaining insights that promise to benefit people and societies everywhere.

Our Scientific Platforms

Our Scientific Platform teams develop the tools and services that help drive discovery throughout Columbia University and the broader scientific community. Working hand-in-hand with scientists, our experts push the limits of cellular imaging and magnetic resonance; create state-of-the-art molecular tools to reveal the workings of the nervous system; design and build one-of-a-kind devices to advance research; and host leading-edge computing resources that store and process vast amounts of research data.

Our Scientific Programs

Our Scientific Programs serve to foster a vibrant culture of scientific inquiry. Our growing suite of programs — from seminars and symposia to workshops and journal clubs — are targeted to Institute faculty and trainees, as well as to the broader Columbia and scientific communities. These programs reflect the conviction that a fertile intellectual environment nurtures the creative collaborations and transformational discoveries to advance science and medicine.

Columbia Neuroscience Seminar Series

Sparking the conversations that drive science forward

Elaine Hsiao, PhD, Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology & Physiology at UCLA, speaks a recent seminar (Credit: Sirin Samman for Columbia's Zuckerman Institute)

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