The Brain and Mind Institute works in broad partnerships and in accordance with a strategic framework to develop academic courses and programmes addressing a wide range of issues in mental health and neurosciences​.

The Institute is dedicated to:

1. Building capacity by harnessing existing AKU expertise and by attracting and training young researchers

2. Discovery research - brain processes contributing to

  • ​mental illness;
  • biomarkers for early detection and personalised treatments;
  • co-morbid conditions (e.g. cancer, heart disease, substance use, …etc.)
3. Development and testing of drug and non-drug treatments

4. Brain repair (e.g. stem cell research)

5. Psychosocial determinants of mental illness and resilience