Established by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of its centennial celebration, the prize recognizes trailblazers in the brain and behavioral sciences whose research has helped advance the field and its applications.
Understanding how the brain works is one of the biggest puzzles left for science to solve. Answers to critical questions in neuroscience lie at a pivotal intersection between biology, cognitive psychology, computer science, statistics and engineering – areas where Carnegie Mellon University excels.
The Carnegie Mellon Neuroscience Institute was launched to bring together faculty and students from across the University to conduct multi-disciplinary work to advance the current state of brain science. Current programmatic activities undertaken in Carnegie Mellon’s BrainHub and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) will be included under CMNI in a new administrative structure. With participation of the CMU community, the strategic planning for the new institute was completed in September 2018. Faculty hires, program planning and administrative restructuring is already underway.