About Brain Sciences: The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences


In June 2009, The Hebrew University launched the new Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC). ELSC builds upon the Hebrew University’s strengths in neuroscience research — namely, collaborative multidisciplinary research conducted by world-renowned faculty and top students — and seeks to bring together a powerful team of leading scientists to explore the profound mysteries of the brain.

ELSC will provide an intellectual and physical environment where interdisciplinary teams of neuroscientists can take brain research to an entirely new level, advancing scientific understanding of brain function and developing effective new therapeutic approaches to a spectrum of brain disorders.

With outstanding new faculty recruits joining its distinguished scientists and talented students, and supported by state-of-the-art equipment and modern new facilities, ELSC will contribute to worldwide progress in brain science and establish the Hebrew University as one of the world’s leading neuroscience centers. A deeper understanding of the mind-brain continuum is vital to the quality of life and health for millions of people worldwide.

Current ELSC projects include:

  • Developing brain-machine interfaces that enable severely paralyzed patients to activate a robotic limb
  • Using basic research about the basal ganglia as a means to advance the treatment of Parkinson’s patients via deep brain stimulation
  • Uncovering the perceptual basis of dyslexia and other learning disabilities
  • Investigating spatial attention and unconscious information processing in the aftermath of injury
  • Helping to restore sight to visually impaired individuals using artificial vision and sensory substitution
  • Formulating theoretical and computational approaches that provide models of how the nervous system processes sensory information and spurs movement

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