"Global Research hub in brain science research"

Director-General Uhtaek 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

Research Team

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Discovery of Diagnosis and Treatment of ASD

Discovery of early diagnosis with lens-less fluorescent microscope and drug candidates for autism spectrum disordersRead More »
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Development of a CBRAIN platform

To establish a CBRAIN platform to investigate the neural correlates of self-organized social behaviorsRead More »
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Brain Traffic Light Sensors

Development of Novel Fluorescent Sensors to Precisely Monitor Brain Function and DiseaseRead More »
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Interdisciplinary platform for novel biomarker discovery and monitoring of psychiatric disorders

Development of integrated platform including multi modal sensors and deep neural network for diagnosis and monitoring of psychiatric disorderRead More »
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Development of platform to reconstruct inter-organoid connectivity for drug screening of brain disorders

Development of platform to reconstruc inter-organoid connectivity for drug screening and modeling early stages of Parkinson’s diseaseRead More »
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AI-neural network research to predict and overcome brain diseases

Development of a brain disease prediction platform through identification of brain aging hallmarks (Brain tree rings) and brain disease time signatures, and a novel AI algorithm proposal through data-based inhibitory neural network modelingRead More »
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Development of high-efficiency predictive brain function simulation algorithm

Neuroscience-based neuron/network modeling for neuromorphic computingRead More »
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Center for Diagnosis, Treatment and care System of Dementia

Development of integrated solutions for early diagnosis, treatments, and care sytem of DementiaRead More »
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Brain joint research (KIST, KBRI, IBS)

Research on diagnosis/treatment of mental disorders caused by social stress/isolationRead More »

Discovery of Diagnosis and Treatment of ASD

Discovery of early diagnosis with lens-less fluorescent microscope and drug candidates for autism spectrum disorders

Read More >>

Development of a CBRAIN platform

To establish a CBRAIN platform to investigate the neural correlates of self-organized social behaviors
Read More >>

Brain Traffic Light Sensors

Development of Novel Fluorescent Sensors to Precisely Monitor Brain Function and Disease
Read More >>

Interdisciplinary platform for novel biomarker discovery and monitoring of psychiatric disorders

Development of integrated platform including multi modal sensors and deep neural network for diagnosis and monitoring of psychiatric disorder
Read More >>

Development of platform to reconstruct inter-organoid connectivity for drug screening of brain disorders

Development of platform to reconstruc inter-organoid connectivity for drug screening and modeling early stages of Parkinson’s disease
Read More >>

AI-neural network research to predict and overcome brain diseases

Development of a brain disease prediction platform through identification of brain aging hallmarks (Brain tree rings) and brain disease time signatures, and a novel AI algorithm proposal through data-based inhibitory neural network modeling
Read More >>

Development of high-efficiency predictive brain function simulation algorithm

Neuroscience-based neuron/network modeling for neuromorphic computing
Read More >>

Center for Diagnosis, Treatment and care System of Dementia

Development of integrated solutions for early diagnosis, treatments, and care sytem of Dementia
Read More >>

Brain joint research (KIST, KBRI, IBS)

Research on diagnosis/treatment of mental disorders caused by social stress/isolation
Read More >>

Core Facility

SPF animal facility

Micro/Nano Fabrication Center

Virus Facility

SPF animal facility

Micro/Nano Fabrication Center

Virus Facility