Centre for Brain Research

Vision & Mission: 

The Centre for Brain Research (CBR) was established in 2014 at IISc as an institution dedicated to study the numerous aspects of the functioning of the brain. The specific goals of the institution are to find cures for neurodegenerative conditions and diseases that are accelerated by old age, and a better understanding of relative functions of the brain; as well as leveraging the existing understanding of the functioning of the brain to create better models of computing.

Research at CBR represents an integrative approach encompassing genetics, imaging, cognition and computational methods, while bringing together large groups with diverse expertise to address the complex challenges of understanding brain functioning in health and disease. We aim to develop and foster large scale research programs and build capacity focused at inter-disciplinary neuroscience research in India, thereby setting the stage for our scientists to contribute significantly to the endeavor of understanding the human brain and discovering rational therapies and cures for brain disorders.

CBR is funded by Pratiksha Trust set up by Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan, co-founder of Infosys and Mrs. Sudha Gopalakrishnan. To guide the Centre, an international Scientific Advisory Board has been set up with Nobel Laureate, Prof. Torsten Wiesel as Chairman. Professors Stanley Fahn, Columbia University; Sangram Sisodia, University of Chicago; John Morris, Washington University, St. Louis; and Giovanni Frisoni, University of Geneva are among the members of the Scientific Advisory Board. The Scientific Advisory Board will help in initiating the operations of the Centre, set research goals, and guide the Centre in its initial years. Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath, Professor, Centre for Neuroscience coordinates the activities of CBR.

Our mandate:

  • Carry out basic research to understand brain function in health and disease.
  • Foster focused research programs for inter-disciplinary neuroscience research to discover rational therapies for dementia and other age-related brain disorders.


Centre for Brain Research
SID Complex, Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore 560012. India.
Tel: +91 80 2293 3588, Fax: 91 80 23603323
Email: office.cbr@iisc.ac.in