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General Information

The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN) is a merger of the Netherlands Institute for Brain Research and the Netherlands Ophthalmic Research Institute.

The NIN carries out fundamental neuroscience research with special emphasis on the brain and the visual system. Our research focusses on development, plasticity and ageing and is often linked to clinical research questions.

The scientific structure comprises three levels of biological complexity:

  • genetic and molecular approaches
  • cellular approaches and network function
  • system approaches 


The research program is carried out in 18 departments. In addition, the NIN includes the Netherlands Brain Bank.


Scientific Director Pieter R. Roelfsema, PhD
Vice Director Chris I. de Zeeuw, PhD
Managing Director Ronald van der Neut, PhD