The Two Institutions
Tsinghua Laboratory of Brain
& Intelligence (THBI)
Tsinghua Laboratory of Brain and Intelligence (THBI) is an interdisciplinary research institute established in 2017. The institute aims to answer foundational questions about brain-mind and intelligence through cutting edge, interdisciplinary research efforts.
To do so, THBI brings together experts from all over the world from the fields of brain science, computational neuroscience, engineering, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science.
THBI houses 10 research centers, each headed by a permanent faculty member, as well as a large number of affiliated members from various schools and departments at Tsinghua University. Scholars at THBI have access to excellent research support and facilities, including the largest marmoset facility in China, an advanced imaging center, computing facilities, and a developmental laboratory. THBI adopts an English-speaking working environment to foster vibrant, international academic collaborations.
Tsinghua University is one of the most prestigious universities in the world and ranked as the number one university in China and Asia by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In 2020, Tsinghua was ranked 15th in the world by QS World University Rankings.
Institute of Molecular & Clinical Ophthalmology Basel (IOB)
The University of Basel, the University Hospital Basel and Novartis founded the Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel (IOB) in December 2017. At the Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel (IOB), basic researchers and clinicians work hand in hand to advance the understanding of vision, its diseases and to develop new therapies for vision loss.
IOB is constituted as a foundation, granting academic freedom to its scientists.
The institute is guided by the Board of Trustees (general rules and strategy), the Scientific Advisory Board (scientific advice and strategy) and the Executive Board (leadership and operations). The Executive Board consists of three co-directors who share the responsibility of guiding the new organization. The Canton of Basel-Stadt has granted substantial financial support to the new institute.