Centre for Brain Research, IISc




The human brain mediates the perception of the world around us, generates the myriad thoughts, memories, and emotions that make us uniquely human, and controls our immediate and long-term behavioural responses to the environment.

During the latter part of the 20th century, the study of the brain moved from a peripheral position within both the biological and psychological sciences to become an interdisciplinary field called neuroscience.

The study of the biological basis of brain function has become incorporated into a common framework with cell and molecular biology on one side and psychology and computational science on the other.

Within this new frame work, the scope of neuroscience ranges from genes to cognition, from molecules to mind.

Understanding the function of the brain represents one of the grand challenges of the 21st century.

PM unveils foundation stone of Centre for Brain Research at IISc, Bengaluru on February 18, 2015.

Focus Areas

Centre for Brain Research (CBR), set up as an autonomous centre of the Indian Institute of Science, would focus on

  • Understanding how we can preserve cognitive functions during aging and how can we reduce the burden of dementia through early diagnosis and innovative interventions
  • developing neuromorphic computing and algorithms based on understanding brain function

CBR will help foster focussed research programmes and build capacity for inter-disciplinary neuroscience research in the country that would set the stage to contribute in a significant manner to the endeavour of discovering rational therapies for dementia. Neuroscientists, neuro-physicians (psychiatrists and neurologists), engineers and computational scientists would work together addressing common problems with the goal of reducing the burden of dementia and developing innovative neuromorphic computing architectures.


The centre is generously funded by the Pratiksha Trust (set up by Mr. Kris Goplakrishnan, co-founder of Infosys and Mrs. Sudha Gopalakrishnan). This is a unique initiative in the current research environment in India, wherein most of the academic research in carried out through public funding.

Creation of such a centre by private funding offers flexibility in hiring and operation, enabling large scale, focused scientific endeavor.