"Global Research hub in brain science research"

Director-General Uhtaeck Oh, Ph.D.

Brain Science Institute, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)
President, the Korean Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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About BSI

The human brain is a highly complex system often dubbed a miniature universe. Its many mysteries have yet to be unveiled. The Brain Science Institute specializes in convergence research that includes neuroscience, nanoengineering, medicine, and genetics through which it aims to understand the neural mechanism responsible for controlling human behavior and to discover clues to overcoming brain dysfunctions. The goal of the Brain Science Institute is to unravel the mysteries of the brain and ultimately becoming the hub of the world’s brain science research. Thanks to a workforce of over 200 people from different academic backgrounds and fields of expertise, BSI continues to strive for solutions to the most elusive and perplexing problems in neuroscience.

  • Global Research hub in brain science research
  • Contribution to Better Health Care
  • Analyse brain functions the molecular to the behavioral levels
  • Map brain circuits(connectomics)
  • Modulate brain functions with chemicals
  • Devise neutro-tools

Timeline

  • 2002 – Dr. Hee-Sup Shin appointed director of the Center of Neuroscience
  • 2002 – Vision 21 project launched (5 billion won per year for 10 years)
  • 2005 – The Center for Neuroscience selected as the first “Center of Excellence”
  • 2006 – The first national scientist award recipient (Dr. Hee-Sup Shin)
  • 2009 – Winning the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research project (1.2 billion won per year for 4 years)
  • 2009 – Center for Functional Connectomics launched as a World Class Institute (WCI) program (Director: Dr. G. Augustine)
  • 2011 – Brain Science Institute established as the first brain science institute in Korea (Director-General: Dr. Hee-Sup Shin)
  • 2012 – Ranked #1 among the year’s top 10 scientific news items by the Korean Federation of Science & Technology Societies
  • 2012 – Dr. Dongjin Kim appointed acting Director-General
  • 2012 –  3 foreign scientists from the World Class Institute program granted “regular” employment status
  • 2013 – Winning the President’s Award of Science and Technology Creativity Prize (for Brain Science)
  • 2013 – Starting an Open Research Project (ORP) for a blood test to diagnose Alzheimer’s
  • 2013 – Dr. Dennis Choi appointed as concurrent Director-General
  • 2017 – Dr. Uhtaek Ok at Seoul National University appointed as the 3rd Director-General

Core Facility

SPF animal facility

Micro/Nano Fabrication Center

Virus Facility

SPF animal facility

Micro/Nano Fabrication Center

Virus Facility