About the Brain Institute

About the Brain Institute

Inaugurated in 2016 under the leadership of Executive Director Randy D. Blakely, Ph.D., the FAU Brain Institute is a physical and programmatic embodiment of the Neuroscience Pillar, designated as one of four academic research investment areas in the 2015 FAU Strategic Plan with greatest potential to impact multiple dimensions of the university. The Brain Institute supports research, education and community outreach, with efforts spanning all of the FAU campuses.

Three postdoc students in the lab


At the Brain Institute, researchers are establishing a world-class environment for neuroscience research and education, ideal for training the next generation of brain scientists. With our partners, including Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and Scripps Florida, we're working to unravel the brain's complex signaling molecules and interconnections and to decode the dynamic messages transmitted in the dizzying crosstalk of nerve cells.

Sean working at his microscope in the lab


The Brain Institute developed and oversees the Graduate Neuroscience Training Program that unites scientists, educators and students from three FAU Ph.D. programs (Integrative Biology-Neuroscience, Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, Experimental Psychology), and from two internationally-recognized research institutes (the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and the Scripps Research Institute), into a one of a kind training opportunity for those at the beginning stages of their neuroscientific careers.

GNTP Student at a microscope smiling


Neuroscience has reached an extraordinarily exciting stage. Disciplines such as physics, biology, genetics, chemistry, psychology, anatomy, computer science, medicine and engineering, to name a few, are now powering discoveries at a rapid pace that reveal the basis of how we learn, think, remember, love and dream. These discoveries provide hope to millions with brain disorders that better diagnoses and treatments are within reach.