From 2018-2021 Strategic Plan: New Mission, Vision, Goals

Connecting minds, Advancing neuroscience, Improving lives
Picture of teaching 1st-graders
DIBS graduate student Charlie Giattino and postdoctoral fellow Rosa Li teach neuroscience to first-graders in Durham.

The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences has announced the DIBS Strategic Plan 2018-2021, "Blueprint for Advancing Brain Sciences at Duke." It includes new Mission and Vision statements, plus four strategic goals. The plan was adopted recently by the DIBS Faculty Governance Committee after a lengthy and inclusive planning process. DIBS also has a new slogan: Connecting minds, Advancing neuroscience, Improving lives


The mission of DIBS is to promote interdisciplinary brain science and translate discoveries into solutions for health and society.


Our vision is a scientific and scholarly community that makes neuroscience greater than the sum of its parts by integrating schools, disciplines, and levels of analysis and education to accelerate breakthroughs and benefit society.

Strategic Goals

  1. Build bridges that foster engagement, increase diversity, and promote interdisciplinary learning and collaboration in the brain sciences at Duke.
  2. Promote exceptional interdisciplinary neuroscience education for all levels of learning and analysis.
  3. Catalyze interdisciplinary neuroscience research to transform our understanding of brain function and to use neuroscience to benefit society.
  4. Partner with a wide range of community stakeholders to increase the impact of interdisciplinary brain science.

To read the complete Strategic Plan, please click HERE.

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The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences is a scientific institute with a collaborative spirit and a commitment to education, service and knowledge across disciplines. We encourage creativity, taking risks, sharing ideas and working together.


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