Leadership and Governance


The McGovern Institute for Brain Research was established through a gift from Patrick and Lore Harp McGovern to MIT. The Institute is governed by a board of directors that includes representatives appointed by the McGovern family and by MIT. The McGovern Institute is an integral part of MIT and all its activities are conducted in accordance with MIT’s policies and procedures.

All faculty members are appointed to a MIT department and are approved by MIT. The current director is Robert Desimone, who is also a professor in the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. The director, who is appointed by the governing board, is responsible for the overall scientific direction of the Institute, and is supported by the Institute’s administrative staff.

The Institute is also guided by two other groups; a scientific advisory board of distinguished neuroscientists from outside MIT, and a leadership board whose role is to provide strategic advice to the director and to help provide and secure financial resources to support the Institute’s mission.

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