Mission & Position



We aim to explain how circuits of neurons enable us to see the world and act upon it.


The NIN performs fundamental research into the functioning of the brain. In the longer term, this knowledge will lead to new treatments, although direct applications are also explored. As an institute for excellent fundamental research the NIN’s role is unique. The NIN supplies universities and university medical centres in the Netherlands with top researchers and with innovative and applicable knowledge that is the result of long-running research lines at the NIN. Apart from that, the Netherlands Brain Bank, the primate unit and the Netherlands Sleep Register are (inter)national facilities for researching human brain tissue, cognitive functions and sleep patterns.