Introduction

      The Shenzhen Institute of Neuroscience (SION) was approved and funded for establishment by the Shenzhen Municipal Government in 2015. As an independent legal entity, SION is operated in an enterprise mode and it is jointly managed by the Management and Service Center of Shenzhen Virtual University Park and Shenzhen University. 

      The SION currently has more than 20 principal investigators. Among them, there are 2 China's national distinguished scientist, 1 distinguished professor and 1 chair professor in the Chang Jiang Scholar Program of the Ministry of Education of China, 2 Chief Scientist of the national strategic basic research program (973 Program) of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, 1 awardee of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, and 1 professor in the Recruitment Program of Global Youth Experts. 

      Our efforts will work towards: (1) building a world-class research institute that is devoted to innovative basic and translational neuroscience research, industrialization, and high-technology enterprise incubation; (2) developing advanced and individualized technologies for precise mapping of language, motor, and memory functions to the patient’s brain and for cortical function rehabilitation. Our cutting-edge research aims to address, at a deep level and in a wide scope, the most important scientific issues concerning Shenzhen’s and China’s social, economic, and educational development. We will continue to promote research excellence with broad perspectives in the field. 

     The SION has a Center for Brain Function Identification and a Center for Neurorehabilitation (including a TMS Laboratory, a fNIRS Laboratory, an Ultrasound Laboratory, an EEG Laboratory,  and a Neurorehabilitation Laboratory). In addition, in cooperation with Shenzhen Nanshan Hospital, the SION has established a Brain Imaging Research Center, which is equipped with one 3-Tesla MRI scanner. 

     The Steering Committee is the SION's policy making authority. The SION also sets up an Industrialization Consultation Committee and an International Academic Advisory Committee to guide fundamental research, translational medical research and industrialization of basic research findings. The SION's Director is appointed by the Shenzhen Government Science and Technology Innovation Commission, who reports directly to the Steering Committee.