In April 2008, MIT joined with RIKEN, located in Saitama, Japan, to create the RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics (CNCG) within MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory.

The RIKEN Brain Science Institute (RIKEN BSI) and the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT have created a strong, long-term mutually beneficial relationship for collaborative research, building on the resources and strengths of both institutes in the highly dynamic field of brain science. The program profits from the exchange of research staff between RIKEN and MIT. The RIKEN-MIT CNCG is lead by Nobel laureate Professor Susumu Tonegawa.

About the Picower Institute

The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT focuses the talents of a diverse array of brain scientists on a single mission: unraveling the mechanisms that drive the quintessentially human capacity to remember and to learn, as well as related functions like perception, attention and consciousness.

The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory is an independent research entity within MIT’s School of Science, with faculty members holding academic appointments in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, the Department of Biology, or both. The Institute also offers exciting research opportunities for scholars at all levels, from undergraduates to post-docs… Learn more »


The Center for Brain Science (CBS; formerly Brain Science Institute) was established in 1997 as part of RIKEN, an independent research institution supported by the Japanese government. CBS has a mission to produce innovative research and technology leading to scientific discoveries of the brain. In addition, CBS aims to develop domestic and international brain researchers by creating an environment that will integrate various intellectual disciplines and from that convergence find solutions that will ultimately benefit society in the realms of medicine, engineering, business, and education. In striving toward this goal, CBS has become a leading international center for brain research with a reputation for discovery, innovation, training, and globalization of the scientific enterprise… Learn more »