Brain Research Institute
Ruth Handschin, Letters from Nature
The Brain Research Institute (Institut für Hirnforschung, short "Hifo") was founded in 1962 as a neuroscience research center in the medical faculty of the University of Zurich. The four laboratories on neural circuit dynamics, neural plasticity, molecular cognition, and neural regeneration and repair focus on basic research topics ranging from molecular and cellular processes to network functions in the nervous system. The main areas of investigation concern the ability of the central nervous system to learn new information and to regenerate after injury, the mechanisms underlying synaptic transmission, plasticity and synapses formation, and the processes that influence behavioral responses.