Neuroscience is entering an exciting new phase
It is now possible to measure and manipulate the activity of many individual neurons at a network scale, the scale at which brains are expected to produce perception, cognition, memory, and emotion.
However, even with the activity of neural networks under experimental control, understanding how they function (or malfunction) remains one of mankind’s great conceptual challenges.
Meeting this challenge will require the creativity and ingenuity of experimental and theoretical neuroscientists working in close collaboration, and the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour (SWC) was created to provide the optimal conditions for a much needed conceptual breakthrough. Developed through the vision and partnership of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, the SWC colocates state-of-the-art facilities for experimental neuroscience research with the new home of the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit (GCNU).