The new institute consists of five centers.
The NeuroTech center will study ways to repair paralysis and restore sight to the blind. A NeuroGenetics center will develop primate models of various brain disorders that will be used to develop treatments and cures. The NeuroMapping Center will focus on understanding the brain's circuitry as it relates to learning, emotion, language and other attributes. The NeuroLearning Center will study how the brain learns and remembers. The NeuroDiscovery Center will focus on high-risk research in neuroscience.
The school's neurobiology chair, Professor Peter Strick, is the institute's founding scientific director.
Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg said the school has the "intellectual firepower" to lead such research.