MEXT Joint Usage/Research Center
The collaborative research center for Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

BRI has been certified as a joint usage/research center by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) since 2010. Its extensive collection of brain disease resources and expertise have been open to the neuroscientists' community. BRI's diverse research collaborations in neuropathology and related fields have brought out a great deal of achievement in relation to unravelling the pathological mechanism of brain disease. The institute has renewed its MEXT certification of a joint usage/research center in 2022 as "the Collaborative Research Center for Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders."

Center details

Name: The Collaborative Research Center for Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders
Period: April 1, 2022 - March 31, 2028


BRI has the world-class collections of neuropathological specimens and advanced imaging analysis techniques. The institute is committed to tackling tasks such as neuropathological analysis on brain disorders like Alzheimer's disease, development of early diagnostic technique, and translational research on the treatment for reducing disease progression.
By utilizing the specimens of human brain disease and the animal model resources along with the underpinning of translational research for clinical application, BRI's collaboration with researchers across the world offers a prospect of reducing the burden of intractable neurological disease.


Based on the achievements of the joint usage/research center throughout the 2nd and 3rd mid-term goals and plans periods, the center will elucidate the pathology of brain diseases and develop treatments by making full use of its strengths: resources of human brain diseases, genome and biological samples for brain diseases, animal model development technology, brain image analysis technology, and the neural system analysis technology (tissue clearing, selective neural circuits and nerve cell labelling, PET imaging) developed during the 3rd term period.