Introduction to the Kavli Institute at Columbia

“The culmination of 20th-century scientific research was bringing together chemistry and biology in the discovery of DNA and mapping the genome. The next frontier is bringing together psychology and biology to map the mind. KIBS intends to be an important outpost on this new frontier.” – Eric Kandel, Kavli Professor and Director

The Kavli Institute for Brain Science (KIBS) at Columbia University was established in 2004 with a $7.5 million gift from the Kavli Foundation. Led by 2000 Nobel laureate Eric Kandel, and co-directors Thomas Jessell and Rafael Yuste, KIBS focuses on the development of novel experimental and computational strategies for analyzing how signaling in neural circuits controls cognitive function and behavior.

With 29 members from a wide range of disciplines, KIBS approaches brain science from a number of angles: theoretical and computational, cognitive and psychological, cellular and systemic; while incorporating advances in nanotechnology and bench-to-bedside translational medicine. Its research unites the core sciences of chemistry, biology, and physics with disciplines ranging from philosophy and psychology, to engineering, to business, law, and economics.

One of the Institute’s goals is to build bridges within the Columbia Neuroscience community and with other Kavli Foundation-funded neuroscience institutes. KIBS, therefore, is philosophically and geographically positioned to both leverage and influence diverse efforts to understand how the mind works.