Who we are
NeuroLinx Research Institute (NRI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research institute that began operations in 2011. Our mission is to conduct theoretical, laboratory, and clinical neuroscience research within a new framework of open scientific collaboration.
NeuroLinx is a pioneer in the open science movement that provides a venue for neuroscience researchers, educators and communities to combine skills and resources. We believe that innovations in funding structures and organizational strategies are required to expedite innovation in science and technology. Our method is to liberate the discovery process by building bridges between researchers, creating unique collaborations, linking diverse scientific data and information, and funding high-risk but potentially high-reward research projects. NeuroLinx serves as a beacon for investigators who seek open collaboration, value progress, and seek a non-traditional research path.
Ultimately, our goal is to understand brain function and facilitate the development of treatments for neurological diseases.
Why we exist
NeuroLinx Research Institute (neurolinx.org) was founded by a group of neuroscientists, physicians and physicists who believe there is a better way to fund and organize cutting-edge research. Decades of incremental low-risk research programs have yielded steady but limited progress, vast amounts of data, and fragmented information. Few actual cures or treatments for neurological disorders have been realized. In addition to the obvious cost in human suffering, the world faces a staggering financial burden to treat these diseases. The time has come to make strategic leaps and bounds in progress and to develop new strategies to bring effective treatments to the clinic.
There is an underfunded need to synthesize understanding and explore radical ideas. NeuroLinx was founded to meet that need.
The NeuroLinx Structure and Philosophy
The NeuroLinx Research Institute focuses on providing support and non-traditional funding resources with low overhead to researchers, educators, and clinicians who embrace our mission of building an innovative, multi-disciplinary, and highly collaborative community. Our core mission is thus implemented at the ground level by highly driven, dedicated individuals who bridge disciplines and create projects within the institute. Learn about creating a new project within the institute here
We also support the open sharing of data through the creation of tools that navigate large-scale databases and in some cases, implement shared data in collaborative computational models. We consider it an important goal of the institute to develop research tools that can be shared freely with the larger neuroscience community.
Last but not least, we aim to broaden our concept of a neuroscience community to one that includes not just scientists, but also clinicians, patients, educators, students, and the general public on a
global scale. While this mission is in part accomplished by our highly interdisciplinary collaborations and the development of tools which increase the accessibility of neuroscience data, we are also developing platforms for neuroscience education and communication
across a broad global audience.