BrainHub - Carnegie Mellon University

BrainHubSM: Harnessing the technology that helps the world explore brain and behavior.

What is happening in the brains of people with autism or neurodegenerative diseases? How do we get our brain to learn new information, or to even heal itself?

Carnegie Mellon University knows that the answers to these, and other, critical brain science questions lie at a pivotal intersection between biology, neuroscience, psychology, computer science, statistics and engineering – areas where CMU excels.

And the world has taken notice of CMU’s excellence, putting the university at the hub of unique global partnerships focused on brain research.

Why Now?

The announcement of the US government's Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative in April 2013 has sparked interest in brain research around the world.

Economic Cost

Economic cost for U.S. is $1.1 trillion annually. $524 billion is spent on Addiction and Alcoholism. $350 billion is spent on Mental Illnesses (depression, schizophrenia). $215 billion is spent on Alzheimer's. $11 Billion is spent on Parkinson's. The global cost is $5 trillion.

50% Chance of developing Alzheimer's by age 85

1:68 Children in the U.S. diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

16 Million Americans report experiencing major depression each year

3 per Minute Occurrence of suicide worldwide

5th leading risk factor in the world for premature death and disability is Alcohol Abuse and Addiction — it's #1 among ages 15-49

Set aside the economics. The human costs of brain diseases are incalculable when you look at the effects that Alzheimer’s, autism, depression and addiction have on our communities and our families.

Hear from a few of our world-class brain scientists.

Alison Barth

Professor, Biological Sciences


Steven Chase

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering


Rob Kass

Professor, Statistics and Machine Learning


Tim Verstynen

Assistant Professor, Psychology