Kavli Institute for Neuroscience at Yale University

The goal of the Kavli Institute for Neuroscience at Yale University, endowed by the Kavli Foundation, is to understand how nerve cells and the circuits they form embody knowledge of the outside world, and how they combine that knowledge with past experience and future goals to foster behavior. 

The Kavli Institute focuses on developing and applying innovative approaches to research, including the use of model systems, that have the capability of increasing our understanding of the human brain. A multidisciplinary research strategy, ranging from molecular genetics to behavior, is used to explore the development, cellular organization and function of the nervous system, which mediates perception, memory, language and thought.

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The Kavli Prize

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On September 9, the 2014 Kavli Prize Award Ceremony was held in Oslo, Norway. This year's Kavli Prizes in Neuroscience were awarded to Brenda Milner of the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University, John O’Keefe of University College London and Marcus E. Raichle of Washington University "for the discovery of specialized brain networks for memory and cognition."

Read a discussion with the 2014 Kavli Neuroscience Laureates about what led them to study memory and cognition—and the challenges they faced in getting their discoveries about the brain accepted.

Learn more about Yale's Kavli Neuroscience Prize Laureates: Pasko Rakic (2008) and James E. Rothman (2010).