Facts at a Glance


The Mission

The long-term mission of the McGovern Institute is to understand the human brain in health and disease. Led by a team of world-renowned, multi-disciplinary neuroscientists, the Institute conducts integrated research in three broad themes -- perception, cognition, and action -- using systems and computational neuroscience, brain imaging and cognitive neuroscience, and molecular biology and genetics.

The McGoverns

The McGovern Institute was established in February 2000 by a generous gift from Patrick J. McGovern and Lore Harp McGovern. The gift, expected to total $350 million over twenty years, was the largest ever received by MIT.

Community

Each of the McGovern Institute’s faculty members leads a research team, and the Institute as a whole comprises a community of more than 250 researchers and support staff. All McGovern Investigators and Associate Investigators hold faculty appointments in one or more departments at MIT, including Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Biology, Biological Engineering, Health Sciences and Technology, Media Lab, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Relationship to MIT

The McGovern Institute is part of MIT; McGovern Investigators have MIT faculty appointments, and research within our laboratories is conducted in accordance with MIT’s normal policies and procedures.

Awards and Honors

Nobel Laureates
H. Robert Horvitz

Recipients, National Medal of Science
Ann Graybiel

Members, National Academy of Sciences
Emilio Bizzi
Robert Desimone
Ann Graybiel
H. Robert Horvitz
Nancy Kanwisher

Investigators, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
H. Robert Horvitz

Institute Professors, MIT
Emilio Bizzi
Ann Graybiel

Members, National Academy of Medicine
Emilio Bizzi
Ann Graybiel
H. Robert Horvitz

Fellows, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Emilio Bizzi (Past President)
Martha Constantine-Paton
Robert Desimone
Ann Graybiel
H. Robert Horvitz
Tomaso Poggio

Core Facilities

In addition to our individual research groups, the McGovern Institute also hosts several core facilities, inclduing the Athinoula A. Martinos Imaging Center, the Viral Gene Transfer Core (a joint project with the Picower Insititute for Learning and Memory), the 2-Photon Microscopy Core and the and the OpenMind high-performance computer cluster.

Building

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