The projects in our research portfolio share a common goal – to understand the anatomical and functional development and operation of neural circuits that underlie behaviour. Long-term, we aim to support this research in dedicated, state-of-the-art centres.
We have funded programmes in neuroscience for more than 17 years and are now focusing our support on neural circuits and behaviour.
Our key focus areas are outlined below:
Our first major initiative was developing the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, now one of the world’s leading centres for theoretical neuroscience. To take advantage of the latest developments, we are now creating major research institutes.
We strongly believe that it is essential to ground experimental neuroscience in a firm theoretical context. We support research and collaboration at three world-class centres for theoretical neuroscience across the globe.
We have invested in a number of innovative collaborative research programmes around the world in the broad area of neural circuits and behaviour. These reflect the types of research we envision being carried out at the forthcoming Sainsbury Wellcome Centre.
Many of the scientists we support have close ties and, in some cases, ongoing collaboration. We previously supported consortia of laboratories working together on specific topics with common goals that can only be achieved by sharing skills, experience and resources.
We collaborate with like-minded organisations to enhance our outreach. Strategic partnerships range from supporting capital projects to funding meetings and symposia as well as building the capacity of organisations representing neuroscience interests.