Who We Are

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 approximately 300 faculty members representing nearly 30 departments from 6 schools, the institute is UCLA’s central force in its mission to advance interdisciplinary basic and clinical neuroscience.

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

BRI Director, Dr. Felix Schweizer, heads a leadership team comprised of the Neuroscience Interdepartmental Programs Chairs and the Associate Directors for Research, Education and Outreach. The BRI is supported by a core staff of 10.

For a summary of BRI activities, see our snapshot report.