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McGovern Institute for Brain Research launches new web site

Redesign comes as institute nears its 10th anniversary

The McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT announced today the launch of its new web site at The Institute will celebrate its 10th anniversary later this year, and the new web site provides an overview of the Institute’s history and accomplishments and its vision for the future.

The site also includes introductions to the Institute’s 16 faculty members, along with information about the many ways in which the Institute’s research is advancing our understanding of the brain in health and disease.

The McGovern Institute’s mission is also highlighted in a new 20-minute video "Welcome to the McGovern Institute." Produced by Emmy nominee John Rubin, the film shows how research at the Institute is pushing the frontiers of technology and providing new insights into brain disorders such as autism, Parkinson’s disease, and mental illness. 

“Understanding the human brain is the great scientific challenge of our time,” said Robert Desimone, director of the McGovern Institute. “We are excited to announce these new initiatives, which will help us communicate the significance of our research to the broadest possible audience.”

The feature video is accompanied by a short trailer and interviews with individual faculty members, all freely available online

Visitors to the new web site can also sign up to receive e-mail updates about the Institute’s activities, including press releases and event announcements.  There is also a link to the Institute’s newly created Facebook fan page.

The redesigned web site was developed by the Boston-based design firm Sametz Blackstone Associates.

About the McGovern Institute for Brain Research

The McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT is led by a team of world-renowned neuroscientists committed to meeting two great challenges of modern science: understanding how the brain works and discovering new ways to prevent or treat brain disorders. The McGovern Institute was established in 2000 by Patrick J. McGovern and Lore Harp McGovern, who are committed to improving human welfare, communication, and understanding through their support for neuroscience research. The director is Robert Desimone, formerly the head of intramural research at the National Institute of Mental Health. Further information is available at:

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