The Gonda Center

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The Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University brings together 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 studies the brain at all levels - from behavior and cognitive processing through detailed mechanisms of information processing in neural circuits, to the analysis of vital molecules within nerve cells. Research approaches cover all techniques from personal interviews, through electro physiology and from molecular biology to abstract mathematical modeling. The Gonda Center attracts new, top-flight researchers from Israel and around the world.

The center is headed by Prof. Moshe Bar since 2011. The first director and the founder of the center is Prof. Moshe Abeles 


The center is housed in a seven-story building at the north part of the Bar-Ilan Campus, close to the psychology and the engineering departments.

The architecture of the building was designed to increase scientific interaction and foster fertilization of ideas, and the building includes large community spaces at each floor, an open six-story gallery, and a 300-seat auditorium for scientific conferences.

The interior architecture of the building contains a prominent motif: a set of circular meeting rooms on each floor together creating a large cylindrical body at the center of the building, looking like a giant microscope. That microscope "looks" through a transparent "dish" on the first floor, passing sunlight into the lower patio.

The Gonda Brain Center