Rohini Nilekani Centre for Brain and Mind(CBM)
Rohini Nilekani Centre for Brain and Mind(CBM)


Mental illnesses include well-recognized conditions such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, addiction and dementia. Changes in the structure and function of the brain that result in mental illness are poorly understood. Neither do we understand why some individuals are more prone to developing mental illness than others. Understanding these underlying changes in the brain will likely lead to better methods to diagnose and treat mental illness.

The Center for Brain and Mind(CBM) is a scientific venture to understand mental illness by harnessing the power of sophisticated clinical investigations, modern human genetics, and stem cell technology.

CBM was launched in 2023 under the joint stewardship of two institutions from Bangalore, India – the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and the National Institute for Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS).

CBM is supported by the Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies.


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Neurons firing

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Using modern stem cell technology, the Centre for Brain and Mind will create laboratory models of human brain tissue that will allow us to understand the changes in the brain cells of a patient with mental illness and discover new ways of treating them.

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IMPA1 dependent regulation of phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate and calcium signalling by lithium

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Work from Raghu Padinjat and colleagues at Rohini Nilekani Centre for Brain and Mind reveal insights into the mechanism of action of the mood stabilizer lithium used to treat bipolar disorder, paving the way for precisionpsychiatry Supported generously by NCBS Bangalore, Department Of Biotechnology, Government Of india, Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies, Kris Gopalakrishnan

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BLiSc Cluster organizes the Human Genetics and Disease Biology Meeting

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The sequencing of human genome has raised much excitement about the possibility of understanding the blueprint of life. Further, the development of low-cost high-throughput DNA sequencing has facilitated the analysis of large numbers of human genomes and revealed the diversity in DNA sequence within and between human populations.

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About CBM

Rohini Nilekani Centre for Brain and Mind (CBM)

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National Centre for Biological Sciences,
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Bellary Road, Bangalore 560065,
Karnataka, India
Phone: 91 80 23666001 / 02 / 18 / 19
Email: cbm at ncbs dot res dot in