The Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University was established in 2002. The center brings together, under one roof, researchers in a variety of fields which are essential to understanding the brain, including psychology, physics, linguistics, computing and biology.
Research at the Gonda Center focuses on the study of the brain at all levels - from adult and child behavior through detailed brain mechanisms of cognitive processes, to the analysis of the function of vital molecules within nerve cells. Research approaches covers all techniques from personal interviews, through electro physiology and molecular biology to abstract mathematical modeling. The Gonda Center continues to attract new, top-flight researchers from Israel and around the world. In addition to joint research activity, the center holds national and international conferences which emphasize all issues related to the multidisciplinary study of the brain.
Each year the center accepts a limited number of B.A. and M.A. graduates who have completed their studies with excellence to an MSc track or a Ph.D. track (direct PhD or combined with MSc are available) in brain research. These students are exempt from tuition and receive a scholarship during the course of their studies. The center's mission is to cultivate a new generation of scientists who integrate knowledge from different fields.
The center is headed by Moshe Bar since 2011. The first director of the center was Moshe Abeles .