For more than 65 years, a groundbreaking institute housed at the University of Michigan has been at the forefront of driving research fundamental to our understanding of the function – and dysfunction – of the human brain. As this field of study, now known as neuroscience (a term first coined at the University of Michigan in the early 1960s) has evolved, so have our institute’s name and our organizational structure.
The newly named Michigan Neuroscience Institute (MNI) continues to be a leader in innovative, collaborative, and visionary research in the areas of brain science and brain impacting diseases. Formerly known as the Mental Health Research Institute (1955-2005) and the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute (2005-2019), MNI’s research encompasses disciplines from affective neuroscience, to cognitive neuroscience to developmental neurobiology, signaling, neurogenetics/genomics and neuro-informatics. MNI’s cross-disciplinary research portfolio reflects the full range of basic and translational projects from molecular analyses to animal models to human applications.