The CIFAL Institute is a non-profit partnership committed to expanding neuroscience research by discovering new ways to understand human behavior, as well as to treat and cure brain disease and mental illness.  Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, CIFAL scientists collaborate with colleagues at nationally renowned partnering sites.  Led by many of the country’s leading neuroscientists, this partnership combines more than 400 researchers and staff with an annual budget of $50 million to unlock the brain’s remaining secrets.

Brain research at The CIFAL Institute is unique. Not only do our scientists examine the brain by using all the cutting-edge imaging tools currently available, but they then combine and layer this overlapping information to produce the most complete mapping of brain activity to date. This multi-technological approach is helping to chart the networks and connections among brain regions and activities, so we can more fully understand brain functions and disorders. Our basic research today will lead to future cures or treatments for the millions currently afflicted with schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and dementia, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, and drug addiction, among others.   


The CIFAL Institute was founded in 1998 to conduct basic research searching for true understanding of normal brain function, as well as mental illness and neurological disorders, by exploring all aspects of brain imaging technology.  It brought the unique medical imaging research capabilities then available at selected national sites together into a single effort against brain disease, while creating a world-class neuroscience research institute in New Mexico.  Today, CIFAL scientists continue their quest to fully map the brain, advance imaging technologies, and discover the causes behind brain disease.


Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Psychiatry,
University of Minnesota Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard-MIT University of New Mexico

Department of Psychiatry, Brain Sciences Center, BRAIN Center,
University of Minnesota Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center University of New Mexico