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IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research at Tsinghua University

Who we are?

The IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research at Tsinghua University (IMIBR-THU) was founded in April, 2011, based on generous support from the McGoverns and the International Data Group (IDG). It is accommodated in an affiliated building of the School of Medicine, within the Tsinghua campus, which stands as the leading university of China. With focus on cellular, molecular, system, and computational neuroscience, IMIBR-THU aims to build, within next 5 to 10 years, a top brain research center noted for its genetics-based and new-tech development-driven research program. Scores of outstanding scientists, among whom several enjoy international reputation, are making an increasingly dynamic neuroscience community in IMIBR-THU.

We see great possibilities emerging

In these emerging areas of neuroscience, the research has begun drawing universal attention. The Chinese government has also demonstrated growing enthusiasm in support for institute’s work. With such backing, IMIBR-THU has been able to encourage more interdisciplinary studies in order to inspire innovative ideas. Its research goals are described as (1) To reconstruct the biochemical processes of memory formation; (2) To gain insights into organization of memory at neural circuits and system levels; and (3) To gain insights into molecular basis of pathogenesis for human cognitive disorders. It is believed an era boasting great opportunities will be ushered in the near future.

We are committed to make changes

In spite of the impressive scientific progress mankind has achieved thus far, brain disorders remain a formidable challenge for human health care and are afflicting millions worldwide. IMIBR-THU is committed to seek breakthroughs in brain research and welcomes all that cherish the same aspiration to join our efforts. You can learn more about our people and what we are doing at