THE CROATIAN INSTITUTE FOR BRAIN RESEARCH - http://www.hiim.unizg.hr/
The Croatian Institute for Brain Research (CIBR) is an independent research and educational affiliate of the University of Zagreb Medical School. CIBR is responsible for multidisciplinary research and interuniversity teaching in the field of neuroscience.
The initiative for the foundation of the Croatian Institute for Brain Research coincided with the "Decade of the Brain," which started in 1990. One of the primary objectives of CIBR today is research on the neurobiological basis of cognitive development and cognitive disorders. An additional role of CIBR is to bridge the gap between basic neuroscience research and clinical experience.
From an organizational point of view, individual research projects are led by group leaders who are also faculty members. Closely related projects are incorporated into major research programs (development and plasticity, neuropharmacology, the neurobiology of schizophrenia and cognitive disorders) and are headed by program directors, who are members of CIBR's board. The International Scientific Advisory Board determines the developmental strategy of CIBR and is involved in the assessment of CIBR's work and programs.
The research program of CIBR is oriented toward the neurobiological and molecular bases of major neurological, cognitive and mental diseases during the developmental and aging periods of human life. Developmental disorders, Down's syndrome, schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease are among the research priorities. Another important aspect of CIBR's work is that it houses the famous Zagreb Neuroembryological Collection and Brain Tissue Bank.
Researchers who are active on projects developed by CIBR have established a vigorous international co-operation with neuroscientists and universities in Europe, the United States, Canada and Japan.