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Centers & Institutes


The University’s integrated campus facilitates unique investigative collaborations across disciplines and research at Penn’s Centers and Institutes represent some of the most cutting edge investigations taking place in the world today. A searchable database of the University’s many Centers and Institutes is to the left. On behalf of the Provost, the Vice Provost for Research oversees the following University-wide Centers & Institutes:

Center for Cognitive Neuroscience

Penn's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN) is a multidisciplinary community dedicated to understanding the neural bases of human thought. Its research addresses the central problems of cognitive neuroscience, including perception, attention, learning, memory, language, decision-making, emotion and development. Using state of the art research methods including functional neuroimaging, computational modeling and pharmacologic manipulations of cognitive processes, CCN researchers are working to understand the fundamental aspects of human behavior and thought.

CCN's Website

Center for Neuroscience and Society

The Center for Neuroscience & Society is a university-wide institute whose work addresses the ethical, legal and social implications of neuroscience. Membership includes faculty and students who are dedicated to increasing understanding of the impact of neuroscience on society through research and teaching, and to encourage the responsible use of neuroscience for the benefit of humanity.

Center for Neuroscience & Society's Website

Center for Public Health Initiatives

Established in 2007 Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives' (CPHI) mission is to improve health and quality of life by expanding and strengthening public health education, research and practice, fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration, and promoting meaningful community/academic partnerships. 

CPHI's Website

Institute of Neurological Sciences

Founded in 1953 the Mahoney Institute of Neurological Sciences (INS) is one of the world’s preeminent institutions for neuroscience research and training. With faculty from 32 departments and six schools, the Institute provides a fertile environment for interdisciplinary collaboration aimed at understanding the brain and diseases of the brain. Scientists at the Mahoney Institute focus on cellular and molecular aspects of the brain; development, regeneration and plasticity; systems neuroscience; behavior and cognition; the pathology of brain disease; and computational neuroscience. 

Institute of Neurological Sciences Website

Institute for Regenerative Medicine

The Penn Institute for Regenerative Medicine (IRM) fosters an interactive environment within the Penn community to promote excellence in both basic and translational research in stem cell and regenerative biology.  The IRM also promotes translational therapies and relevant clinical trials to enhance regeneration to treat serious disease.

IRM's Website

Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter

Established in 1960 the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) is a leader in the synthesis, characterization, theory and modeling of entirely new classes of materials that are likely to underlie the development of future technologies that substantially impact the research and educational needs of society.

LRSM's Website

Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), established in 1967, is the center of the University’s activities and programs in health services research, health policy, and health care management executive education. A cooperative venture among Penn's schools of medicine, business, nursing, and dental medicine, LDI works to improve the health of the public through multidisciplinary studies on the medical, economic, social, and ethical issues that influence how health care is organized, financed, managed, and delivered.

LDI's Website

Penn Institute for Urban Research

The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) is a university-wide entity dedicated to an increased understanding of cities through cross-disciplinary research, instruction, and civic engagement. Penn IUR is dedicated to developing knowledge in three critical areas: innovative urban development strategies; building the sustainable, 21st-century city; and the role of anchor institutions in urban places.

IUR's Website

Institute for Urban Research