The human brain has 100 billion neurons and 1,000 times more synaptic connections than there are stars in our galaxy. It is “the most complex challenge that science has ever encountered,” says Prof. Israel Bar-Joseph, who appears in this video along with Dr. Assaf Tal, Dr. Amnon Bar-Shir, Dr. Edna Furman-Haran, Prof. Lucio Frydman, Prof. Rafi Malach, Prof. Noam Sobel, Prof. Yadin Dudai, and Institute president Prof. Daniel Zajfman discuss the unprecedented power of functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, which has fundamentally changed and advanced brain research in every possible way. The Azrieli National Institute for Human Brain Imaging and Research will help Weizmann – and Israel – take their already advanced neuroscience to a whole new level. In addition to gaining crucial insight into the function of the brain, the scientists will seek new treatments for devastating conditions such as autism spectrum disorders; neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases; and psychiatric disorders.

Stephanie, Naomi, Danna, and Sharon Azrieli, part of a multigenerational family of philanthropists who support the Weizmann Institute, speak about the importance of establishing this institute, how they see it changing the future, and the joy it would have brought the late David Azrieli.