The Albert Einstein Institute for Advanced Study in the Life Sciences is based on a simple but powerful premise: that to effectively provide answers to the major scientific problems in the life sciences facing researchers today, there must be much greater integration between pure scientific inquiry and the humanities.

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Mission Statement

The real unity is to be achieved by a common sense of intellectual purpose – by actual projects, by reminders that we really are working on related matters, not diverging into two cultures of techies versus fuzzies. We ought to aim at integration that respects the values of existing disciplines, however, not on the expense of having a whole which is less the sum of its part though; what we aim at is Breadth without Dilettantism.

Aviv Bergman

Message from the Director

When defining academic communities, the interesting dividing line, following C. P. Snow, is “not what the humanities share that distinguishes them from science, instead, one that cuts across departments and disciplinary matrices.” It divides people busy conforming to well-understood paradigm boundaries, from community of people trying to expand their own moral imagination, to enlarge the sense of what is possible and important - at the expense of living with uncertainty.

Aviv Bergman, Ph.D.
Gordon F. Tomaselli

Institute Structure/Organization

The primary goal of the research conducted at any medical school, including Einstein, is to ultimately develop treatments and, perhaps, even cures for diseases that erode human health and well-being. This means not only utilizing the excellent skills of our basic scientists, but also those involved in the humanities and their expertise in areas where science currently has no answers. The uniqueness of this Institute is to complement the biomedical sciences with the help of the humanities that include areas ranging from mathematics and social science, to history and philosophy. Combining all these disciplines is necessary today as we strive to improve the health of those in our community, as well as the lives we touch around the world.

Dean Gordon F. Tomaselli, M.D.

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