Additional BU Centers and Research Initiatives

Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Neil Kowall

Director of ADC, Dr. Neil Kowall

The Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center was established in 1996 and is one of 31 Alzheimer’s Disease Centers funded by the National Institute on Aging. Our goal is to help reduce the human and economic costs associated with Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of knowledge. The three primary missions of our Center are: 1) to conduct and facilitate cutting-edge Alzheimer’s disease research; 2) to enhance clinical care for Alzheimer’s disease patients and their families and 3) to provide education regarding Alzheimer’s disease to both professional and lay audiences in the greater Boston area and beyond. Research themes include genetic and environmental risk factors and risk assessment for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, neuropathological diagnosis and clinicopathological studies, translational methods and advanced technologies, and NIH and industry sponsored clinical trials focused on the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.  

Cognitive Rhythms Collective


Director, CRC

The Cognitive Rhythms Collaborative (CRC) is a group of scientists in the Boston area who work together to advance our understanding of the brain dynamics underlying cognitive functions such as sensory processing, attention, learning, memory and motor planning.  It is directed by Dr Nancy Kopell, member of the National Academy of Sciences and outstanding mentor in the BU Graduate Program specialization in Computational Neuroscience. The members of the CRC come from multiple institutions around the Boston area and beyond.



Director, CompNet

The Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology (CompNet) is an interdisciplinary research center at Boston University that fosters collaborative research and education on mechanisms of neural computation and their applications. By providing administrative support, programs to stimulate scientific interaction, shared research andmeeting space, and other infrastructure, CompNet brings together scientists from multiple fields in science and engineering and from all stages of training.  The Center is Directed by Dr. Barbara Shinn-Cunningham with Co-Director Dr. Nancy Kopell, see above. We are excited to announce that Barbara will be heading a new Center initiative for BU so check back for further updates!

Center of Excellence for Learning in Education (CELEST)

CELEST is a multi-faceted collaboration that focuses scientific and educational efforts of teams led by 17 core scientists in cooperation with the National Science Foundation. Its mandate is to combine training and research on quantitative behavioral and brain modeling of normal and abnormal learning during perception, cognition, emotion, and action with interdisciplinary cognitive and neuroscience experiments.  Results of basic research are used to teach and develop large-scale neuromorphic engineering and technological algorithms to be transferred to industry and government laboratories.  Integration of research and education at all levels, from primary through post-graduate, is accomplished through the development of innovative curriculum materials based upon models of mind and brain, through educational outreach activities in the schools, and through sponsorship of scientific conferences and workshops. CELEST made possible by grant # SBE-0354378 from the National Science Foundation.  Current Director: Dr. Barbara Shinn-Cunningham.

Center for Memory and Brain


Director, CMB

The Boston University Center for Memory and Brain (CMB) was established as a center of excellence in research, training, and teaching in the cognitive neuroscience of memory. The CMB is composed of faculty within the Departments of Psychology, Biology, Mathematics, and Biomedical Engineering. The small core group of neuroscientists that compose the CMB complement each other in technical abilities and share the specific interest of characterizing brain mechanisms of memory. The CMB is unique in close working relations among its faculty in a continuity of expertise across the levels of analysis of memory. They pursue complementary and collaborative studies aimed at describing the “circuit diagram” for memory in the human brain, they teach at all levels and train neuroscientists in this field. Director of CMB is the internationally recognized leader in the field of learning and memory, Dr. Howard Eichenbaum.

Hearing Research Center

Colburn PicThe Boston University Hearing Research Center (HRC) includes 20 faculty members from six departments in four Boston University schools and colleges. The HRC was formed in 1995 for the development and dissemination of knowledge that will improve the nation’s auditory health and allow the fullest utilization of the sense of hearing.  The Director of the Center is Dr. H. Stephen Colburn, a distinguished leader in the field of hearing sciences.


NeuroMuscular Research Center

DeLucapic The mission of the Center is to explore the workings of the Central Nervous System (CNS) and to develop new technologies for assessing the performance of the Neuromuscular System. We have expertise in Electromyography, Biomechanics and Motor Control. The Director of the Center is Carlo De Luca, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Research Professor of Neurology.

Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research

The overall objective of the Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research at Boston University is to elucidate the nature of neural processing in the hippocampus and related cortical structures that mediate episodic memory.  The combined research is aimed to provide a breakthrough in our understanding of the neural mechanisms of episodic memory and its deterioration associated with aging, brain damage, and disease. Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience made possible by Grant #P50 MH094263 from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Spivack Center for Clinical and Translational Neuroscience


Executive Committee, Spivack Center

The mission of the Spivack Center is to support education and research that is at the cutting edge for deciphering the molecular, cellular, and systems level basis of human behavior and to bring clinical and basic scientists together to develop a translational perspective that will enhance the lives of people afflicted with disorders of the mind.  The Center is run by an executive committee of leaders in clinical and translational neuroscience at BU School of Medicine.  Vehicles of support include awards for novel and collaborative research, and financial stipends to visiting and resident professors.