Director’s Message

The human brain is remarkably powerful and astonishingly adaptable. It is also fragile, subject to devastating symptoms stemming from disease and damage. A marvel of biological engineering, the brain’s complexity is at once daunting and tantalizing.
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Li-Huei Tsai, Ph.D.,
Li-Huei Tsai, Ph.D.,Photo: Azeddine Tahiri

How does a conglomeration of cells and chemical signals enable us to think, feel and sense the world around us? This is the mystery neuroscientists confront daily.

The good news is that we are unearthing new clues to the mystery. The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory’s highly collaborative, cross-disciplinary strategy allows us to explore the nature of the brain from the most basic biological interactions of genes and proteins to in-depth explorations of cellular and systemic mechanisms. Many Picower Institute faculty members also are inventors of unique technologies and techniques that are redefining the practice of neuroscience. This comprehensive approach places Picower Institute researchers in the perfect position to study the mechanisms behind developmental disorders such as autism, psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease—conditions that affect millions worldwide.

The Picower Institute is seizing every opportunity to focus our broad range of scientific talents on a single goal: improving quality of life through a thorough understanding of our most complex and fascinating organ.

Li-Huei Tsai, Ph.D.,
Director, The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

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