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

On May 29, the 2014 Kavli Prizes were awarded to nine scientists, including neuroscientists 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 advancing our understanding of memory and cognition.

Watch a webcast of the 2014 Kavli Prize announcements and a special program, featuring a tribute to Fred Kavli, from the World Science Festival in New York City. 

Learn more about Yale's Kavli Prize laureates — Pasko Rakic and James E. Rothman, who were awarded the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience in 2008 and 2010, respectively.