The Future of Brain Sciences

The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences

Expanding Our Understanding of the Brain

"Man ought to know that from the brain, and only from the brain, arise our joys, delights, laughter and sports, as well as our sorrows, grief, despondency, and lamentations and especially we acquire wisdom and knowledge, see and hear, and know what is foul and what is fair, what is bad and what is good."
Hippocrates - 5th-century Greek physician

In 2009, more than a millennium after Hippocrates identified this aspect of our persona – the Hebrew University inaugurated the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC), building on its acknowledged excellence on neuroscience research.

Today, ELSC's scientists and physicians are eagerly embracing the challenge of deciphering exactly how the brain governs our lives. Delving deeply into the intricate interfaces that orchestrate the brain’s behavior, ELSC’s multidisciplinary teams are exploring the physiological relationships that explain how the brain functions and malfunctions. Marrying theory with practice, they are constantly acquiring new insights that can lead to innovative approaches and greater understanding of the brain sciences.

ELSC provides the intellectual and physical environment essential for neuroscientists to flourish. With outstanding faculty recruits, distinguished scientists, talented students, state-of-the-art equipment and new facilities that will enhance their efforts, ELSC is already raising brain research to an entirely new level.

In this environment of excellence, ELSC is training a new generation of neuroscientists in interdisciplinary research projects and graduate programs. ELSC scientists collaborate with leading research institutions and eminent colleagues around the world to propel the frontiers of knowledge ever forward for the benefit of adults and children, men and women,Wwherever they may live.

ELSC’s mission is to develop a thriving interface between theoretical and experimental neuroscience across many levels in an interactive undertaking that incorporates information from many specialties, in a belief that only through a comprehensive understanding of the brain will we be able to advance brain science and augment humanity’s capacity to move ever forward.


"Unlocking the mysteries of the brain depends on supporting the world’s best researchers in a premier setting that encourages effective collaboration. I am proud to be able to support such a noble cause, one that will improve the treatment and quality of life of so many patients suffering from illnesses of the brain."

Lily Safra, Chairwoman - The Edmond J. Safra Foundation


The Edmond J. Safra Foundation’s lead donation of $50 million launched the establishment of ELSC and continues to support this innovative center. Mr. Safra created his Swiss foundation to ensure that needy individuals and organizations would continue to receive his assistance and encouragement for many years to come. Following his death in 1999, his wife, Lily, assumed responsibility for ensuring that the Edmond J. Safra Foundation draws inspiration from its founder’s life and continues to be dedicated to his visionary beliefs.

The Friends of the Hebrew University in Europe are actively involved in providing significant support for the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences as well as the university’s extensive academic and intellectual pursuits and instrumental in helping establish international collaborations.


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 Sensation and Perception  Consciousness and Cognition  Neurological Disorders
 International Collaborations  Education: Investing the Future  The Suzanne and Charles Goodman Brain Sciences Building