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The UCLA Brain Research Institute (BRI) is a catalyst for education, outreach, and research collaborations among current and future scientists, engineers and clinicians who seek to understand the healthy and diseased brain. 

Formed in 1959 by a small cadre of neuroscientists, the BRI is one of the first neuroscience research collectives established in the United States. Now with almost 300 faculty members from 6 schools and 26 departments, the institute is UCLA’s central force in its mission to advance interdisciplinary basic and clinical neuroscience on a national and international level.  

In order to accomplish this mission, the institute provides multiple financial and operational resources to invigorate research programs and support collaborations bringing together investigators from complementary fields. The BRI also co-ordinates a large portion of neuroscience educational programs on campus, and works to enrich scientific knowledge in the community by inspiring elementary and secondary school students to explore a scientific career.