Mission Statement

ELSC aims to develop a thriving interface between theory and experiments across levels - cognitive, biological, and computational neuroscience, paving the way to innovative discovery in brain research.


About ELSC

Unique Approach. Transformative Results.

The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC), part of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is revolutionizing neuroscience research. 

Tackling the greatest scientific challenge of the 21st century, The ELSC innovation center was founded on the belief that brain research must be interdisciplinary, and must therefore combine theoretical, biological and cognitive approaches in neuroscience. As such, our team is made up of a powerful mix of top scientists from different disciplines with a broad interdisciplinary understanding, who lead groundbreaking research on the relationships between brain computations, neuronal circuits, and behavior. 

A global leader in computational neuroscience, the Center boasts a unique theoretical and quantitative approach around which the widest, most diverse academic program in the field has been structured. Covering a broad range of disciplines, from anatomy and physiology to computer science, physics and cognitive sciences, the Center provides the most promising students with a strong foundation, not only for the benefit of today’s groundbreaking research, but in an effort to develop the next generation of brain researchers who will carry its vision into the future.

With world-renowned scientists, outstanding faculty recruits, talented students, a strong, dedicated research community, modern new facilities and state-of-the-art equipment, the Center, together with internationally recognized neuroscientists at the Hebrew University, has a leading role in this new era of brain research.


The Suzanne and Charles Goodman Building

Room for Thought

Planned to facilitate dynamic interdisciplinary work, the Center is a leading example of the manner in which the physical interaction between researchers from diverse academic backgrounds working in close proximity, encourages collaboration and shared common goals. The result of great financial investment and meticulous planning that takes into account labs, facilities, social hubs and more, the Goodman building was designed to house the future of brain research. Read more