Fully dedicated to neuroscience, the Neuroscience Research Building on the Medical Campus brings together people and resources in a nexus for impactful discovery and training.

11 stories | 609,000 ft2 | 120+ research teams

Jeffrey T. Fort Neuroscience Research Building opens

The Jeffrey T. Fort Neuroscience Research Building was dedicated on the Washington University Medical Campus on Jan. 18, 2024, named in recognition of a generous gift from Fort, a longtime supporter of the university.

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“You take all of these people, with their eclectic and diverse scientific backgrounds, you put them together in a single scientific space, and you are going to get a conflagration of fresh ideas and exciting new science.”

Michael Avidan, MBBCh, Head, Department of Anesthesiology

As one of the nation’s largest neuroscience facilities, the Neuroscience Research Building houses a vast community of basic and translational scientists and trainees. Its innovative design is intended to:

  • Stimulate multidisciplinary collaboration and the innovation that comes from it
  • Foster communication and growth among mentors and mentees
  • Allow for expanding the university’s neuroscience research and training
Focus on diversity

Diversity, equity and inclusion has been integrated throughout planning and construction.

A LEED Gold project

Sustainable features from top to bottom minimize environmental impact.


Collaborative research space dominates each floor, with researchers from multiple labs working side-by-side to maximize cross-lab communication and collaboration.

Shared equipment rooms encircle the central research areas.

Offices and desk spaces rim the building, with views of Washington University Medical Campus, the neighboring Cortex Innovation Community, and many elements of the St. Louis downtown skyline.

Kaldi’s coffeeshop and adjacent rooftop terrace on the third floor.

Adjacent: 1,846-space parking garage, pedestrian link to the St. Louis Children’s Hospital garage, separate utility plant.

Construction updates

Find out the latest on the campus’s largest-ever construction project:

Live web cam • Time-lapse video • Status updates • Renderings

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